Is economic growth compatible with a sustainable future?

Conference on Decoupling in the Nordics 2023


Green growth forms the core of sustainable development strategies. The central assumption is that economic growth can continue while reducing resource use, environmental pressures, and impacts. Resource use and environmental pressures can be absolutely decoupled from growth, and we can halt climate change and biodiversity loss without adversely affecting economic growth. The report; Is Economic Growth Compatible with a Sustainable Nordic Future? written by Norion Consult, assesses, evaluates, and questions arguments and evidence for and against decoupling as a realistic long-term solution. To continue the dialogue concerning this topic, a conference commissioned by the Nordic Working Group for Environment and Economy, was held on March 23rd, 2023, by Norion Consult. This report describes challenges, summarizes the presentations and discussions, and recommends the next steps.