Decoupling 2: Technologies, Opportunities and Policy Options

Decoupling 2: Technologies, Opportunities and Policy Options

Authors: Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker (lead coordinating author), Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, Karlson ‘Charlie’ Hargroves, Christian Hudson, Michael Harrison Smith, Maria Amelia Enriquez Rodrigues

Publication date: 2014

Abstract:

In this report the Panel highlights existing technological possibilities and opportunities for both developing and developed countries to accelerate decoupling and reap the environmental and economic benefits of increased resource productivity. Many decoupling technologies and techniques that deliver significant resource productivity increases are already commercially available and used in both developing and developed economies. They allow economic output to be achieved with fewer resource inputs, reducing waste and saving costs that can further expand the economy or reduce its exposure to resource risks.

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