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Green growth sounds nice, but can it deliver climate change mitigation?

"“Green growth” may provide false hope and excuses to do nothing really fundamental to bring about a U-turn in global GHG emissions. The arithmetic of economic and population growth, efficiency limits related to the rebound effect, as well as systemic issues call into question the hopes of decoupling economic growth from GHG growth."

 

Excellent analysis by Ulrich Hoffmann (Senior Economic Affairs Officer of UNCTAD) of the limits of green growth.

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Energy Efficiency Lives! Devastating Debunking of Rebound Effect

Energy Efficiency Lives! Devastating Debunking of Rebound Effect | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Our fact-checking revealed that empirical estimates of energy rebound cited by the Breakthrough Institute are over-estimated or wrong, and they contradict the technological reality of energy efficiency gains observed in many industrial sectors.

 

A new interesting report summarised on Joe Romm's blog indicates the rebound effect of energy efficiency measures is less than sometimes feared.

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