Sweden Beyond Oil: The Efficient Use of Energy

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Science  28 Jan 1983:
Vol. 219, Issue 4583, pp. 355-361
DOI: 10.1126/science.219.4583.355


Technology now being introduced in industry, buildings, and transportation is much more energy-efficient than today's average technology. Changes in production and consumption are tending to decrease the intensity of energy use. By applying available economic technology, it may be possible to reduce energy use in Sweden from the present 1400 petajoules per year to about 900 petajoules per year soon after the turn of the century, even with a 50 percent increase in the consumption of goods and services. Technology now being developed could reduce energy demand even further.