Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Going beyond energy intensity to understand the energy metabolism of nations: The case of Argentina☆

Publication year: 2011brbSource:/b Energy, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 31 July 2011brMarina, Recalde , Jesús, Ramos-MartinbrThe link between energy consumption and economic growth has been widely studied in the economic literature. Understanding this relationship is important from both an environmental and a socio-economic point of view, as energy consumption is crucial to economic activity and human environmental impact. This relevance is even higher for developing countries, since energy consumption per unit of output varies through the phases of development, increasing from an agricultural stage to an industrial one and then decreasing for certain service based economies.In the Argentinean case, the relevance of energy consumption to economic development seems to be particularly important. While energy intensity…br Highlights: ► We analyze Argentinean energy consumption and social metabolism using MuSIASEM. ► Instead of improving energy use, energy intensity has increased. ► Increases in labor productivity are at the expenses of decreasing energy efficiency. ► Explanations come from the composition of energy mix, recent economic growth and development path. ► To achieve increases in labor productivity, restructuring the economy is necessary.

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