Can Efficiency Improvements Reduce Resource Consumption ? A Historical Analysis of Ten Activities

@inproceedings{Dahmus2009CanEI,
  title={Can Efficiency Improvements Reduce Resource Consumption ? A Historical Analysis of Ten Activities},
  author={Jeffrey B. Dahmus and Timothy G. Gutowski},
  year={2009}
}
This work explores the historical effectiveness of efficiency improvements in reducing mankind’s resource consumption. Ten activities are analyzed, including pig iron production, aluminum production, nitrogen fertilizer production, electricity generation from coal, oil, and natural gas, freight rail travel, passenger air travel, motor vehicle travel, and refrigeration. The data and analyses presented here show that historically, over long time periods, improvements in efficiency have not… CONTINUE READING