The increasing claim of nature by mankind and the enormous gap between rich and poor are central challenges of our time. This paper discusses global dematerialisation, in other words the reduction of global resource consumption, as a central target and shows how trade can contribute to this goal. Trade induced redistributions of recource claims - use, strain and balancing - are made the subject of discussion regarding international resource justice. Three criteria are deduced that could regulate an alternative trading system, and which could evaluate already today how international trade contributes to global dematerialisation and to a fairer distribution of resources between rich and poor.
Konzept für ein Handelssystem mit globaler Dematerialisierung und
einer gerecht verteilten Ressourceninanspruchnahme als Zielsetzung
Wuppertal Paper no. 166 (November 2007)