The current social and economic institutions are geared to economic growth (as measured by the gross domestic product). This has led to a comparatively high standard of living in recent decades but strong pollution, overexploitation of natural resources, global inequality and injustice with respect to future generations are associated with it. Environmental policy alone is not capable to decouple economic growth from resource use in such a way that a resource light society would evolve.
Against this background, the project "Resource conservation approaches in the context of post-growth concepts" systematises post-growth concepts and their strengths and weaknesses, identifies growth drivers and dependencies of society areas, evaluates potential contributions of post-growth concepts and associated proposals for action concerning their resource conservation and explores possible effects, and - based on the results - develops a concept of a resource-light society and transformation paths to get there.
The analysis links up to results of the Enquete Commission on "Growth, prosperity, quality of life - Ways to sustainable economic and social progress in the social market economy" of the German Bundestag.