Prof. Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan pitches for energy sufficiency at the PAGE-UN-TERI consultations workshop

Prof. Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan recently made a presentation at a sub-national workshop organized on 14th-15th July, 2019 by Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other UN bodies (ILO, UNDP, UNIDO, UNITAR); and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

In his presentation, Prof Hippu argued that resource efficiency leads to an overall increased use of energy. It makes energy services cheaper and hence the consumption of those services increases (known as ‘rebound effect’). Also, energy consumption keeps rising because of conspicuous consumption (the chase for ‘positional goods’). He therefore advocated that resource sufficiency, which goes beyond resource efficiency and puts the attention as a way to limit and reduce total resource consumption at all levels – household and societal – needs to be brought to the fore. When the total consumption is reduced, other things fall in place.

The workshop brought together experts and stakeholders from the western and southern regions of India to deliberate on issues related to sustainable consumption and production, inter alia, specifically focussing on tools and policy solutions to come up with recommendations for PAGE activities at the state and sub-state levels. The workshop also provided a platform for networking, exchange of ideas and future partnerships.

Prof. Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan works in the area of Social Sciences at the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA).


















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