Policy Brief // Economic Growth and Resource Use: Exploring the Links
By Janez Sušnik (UNESCO-IHE). This policy brief aims at exploring the relationship between GDP and GDP-per-capita with the resource metrics and projected resource use related to water, food and energy till the year 2100.
- Historically, there is no denying the fact that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and resource use are correlated. But an important question that arises is: What could be the resource use trend for the future with the developing GDP?
- Should there be policies aiming to either restrict future GDP growth to minimise resource use or decouple GDP and recent resource use growth trends?