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2a Energy & Resource Productivity Textbook - von Weizsäcker, E., Hargroves, K., Smith, M., Desha, C. and Stasinopoulos, P. (2009) Factor 5: Transforming the Global Economy through 80% Increase in Resource Productivity, Routledge, UK and Droemer, Germany.

Part One of this new book, Factor Five, builds on from these insights in Factor Four,  to demonstrate that after 12 years, there is now real potential to cost effectively achieve 80 per cent, or five-fold, improvements in resource productivity across most of the major sectors of the economy - that is Buildings, Industry,Agriculture and Transport (and further presents a number of supporting online Sector Studies, in the pulp and paper, information and communications, and food and hospitality sectors). This new publication is not designed to replace but to complement the original work and we recommend that readers first read Factor Four. Taken together these two books show how at least 75-80 per cent resource productivity improvements can be made throughout  most sectors of the economy.

Factor Five deliberately focuses on the sectors that are responsible for most of the global energy,water and materials usage and greenhouse gas emissions.  Thus Part One provides a guide for everyone -  from individual householders, businesses, industry  sector groups, to national governments - to inform efforts to technically achieve significant resource  productivity improvements cost effectively. Part Two then outlines many years of experience by Ernst von Weizsäcker in ‘Making it Happen’, and covers topics such as the effectiveness of regulations related to the environment, the use of economic instruments, dealing with the rebound dilemma, and then presents  his position on long-term ecological tax reform. The book is then concluded by Ernst commenting on the concept of ‘sufficiency’and how this will play a role in the future of our global society.

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  • 2a Textbook - von Weizsäcker, E., Hargroves, K., Smith, M., Desha, C. and Stasinopoulos, P. (2009) Factor 5: Transforming the Global Economy through 80% Increase in Resource Productivity, Earthscan, UK and Droemer, Germany. (http://www.naturaledgeproject.net/factor5.aspx) Visit

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