Sustainable Welfare in Low Energy Societies

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    The chapter presents some general basic concepts which are useful in analyzing future options for saving energy and thereby mitigate the environmental problems. Three factors are suggested as determinants of the energy demand, namely the population, the level of energy services (material welfare), and the energy intensity of the technology applied. Examples of the technological options are presented. But also discussed are the limitations of the technology, which turns focus at the economic development as a determinant of future sustainability. A study of Low Electricity Europe illustrates the dilemma between sustainability and economic growth. The conclusion is that for energy planning not only technical options should be considered, but also the developments in population as well as the economy.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Title of host publicationEnergia y Media Ambiente
    Place of PublicationValladolid, Spain
    PublisherUniversidad de Valladolid
    Publication date1996
    Publication statusPublished - 1996

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    Nørgaard, J. (1996). Sustainable Welfare in Low Energy Societies. In Energia y Media Ambiente (pp. 191-218). Universidad de Valladolid.