Efficient Technology and Appropriate Life-styles

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    Abstract

    The paper suggests that the energy chain model of converting primary energy into energy services should be extended to include also the lifestyles. A pittfall from looking solely at the technical efficiency is revealed. Various examples indicates economic saturations among consumers in the most wealthy countries. Similarly, examples of alternatives to Gross Domestic Product as an indicator of progress show steady declines in the countries with high GDP, which is suggesting a decline in the efficiencies in the economies and the lifestyles. The potentials for reducing electricity consumption in Europe by combining changes in technology with changes in lifestyles and economy are demonstrated with results from a Low Electricity Europe study.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDevelopment with Sustainable Use of Electricity
    Place of PublicationDordrecht, NL
    PublisherKluwer Academic Publisher
    Publication date1998
    Pages287-300
    Publication statusPublished - 1998
    EventDevelopment with Sustainable Use of Electricity - Lopuszna, Poland
    Duration: 17 Jun 199621 Jun 1996

    Conference

    ConferenceDevelopment with Sustainable Use of Electricity
    CountryPoland
    CityLopuszna
    Period17/06/199621/06/1996

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    Nørgaard, J. (1998). Efficient Technology and Appropriate Life-styles. In Development with Sustainable Use of Electricity (pp. 287-300). Kluwer Academic Publisher.