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Four Sustainability Goals in a Swedish Low-Growth/Degrowth Context
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Environmental Strategies Research (fms). (Beyond GDP growth)
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Environmental Strategies Research (fms).
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Environmental Strategies Research (fms).
Lund University, Department of Human Geography and the Human Ecology Division.
2016 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 8, no 1080Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Continual environmental degradation and an unfair distribution of environmental burdens and benefits are two great challenges for humanity. Economic growth is often taken for granted when planning for the future. However, it is often argued that maintaining economic growth conflicts with keeping human activities adjusted to ecological boundaries and finite resources, at least for the more-developed countries. With this paper, we present sustainability goals for building and planning in Sweden to be achieved by 2050 in a context of limited or even negative economic growth. These goals should ensure that all groups in society have sufficient resources and a good life within planetary boundaries. We select four goals in a participatory process: two environmental goals related to climate change and land use and two social goals related to welfare and participation. Our results show that achieving the environmental goals will require significant reductions of Sweden’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and land use compared to today’s levels. Regarding the social goals, these are, in many aspects, reasonably well fulfilled in Sweden today, although disparities remain between groups of citizens. The main challenge, however, is to ensure that these goals are fulfilled even within environmental limits and if economic growth should halt.

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Basel: MDPI AG , 2016. Vol. 8, no 1080
Keyword [en]
sustainability goals, degrowth, environmental justice
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-196668DOI: 10.3390/su8111080OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-196668DiVA: diva2:1047352
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Swedish Research Council Formas
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QC 2016118

Available from: 2016-11-17 Created: 2016-11-17 Last updated: 2016-11-18Bibliographically approved

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