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   Is Green Growth Possible?


Roland Kupers & Clive L. Spash

 Two Perspectives


January 23rd, 2013, 9:00 – 10:30

WIFO, Objekt 20, Arsenal

“In the coming decade, Europe will need to accept the challenge of increasing economic growth while reducing both unemployment and greenhouse gas emissions. New model results show that these three goals can actually reinforce one another.”

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Roland Kupers is research director of THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership, Associate Professor at Sciences Po in Paris/France and a Senior Lecturer in Complexity at the University of Nijenrode/Netherlands

There is “... an old but common deception that growth is good, more is better and there can be more for everyone. In the Green Economy the poor are promised environmental riches; recycled materials and renewable energy can be exploited without environmental impact, and technology always finds a substitute for what runs out. All things can be made compatible by ignoring the basic contradiction between ever-expanding human activity and a finite world.”

Clive L. Spash is Professor of Economics, Chair of Public Policy and Governance, at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business

Comment by Karl Aiginger
(Director of WIFO and Coordinator of the WWWforEurope Project)


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Roland Kupers, Margit Schratzenstaller, Clive L. Spash and Karl Aiginger © WIFO (click to enlarge)

Audience at the lecture © WIFO (click to enlarge)