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The problem of energy efficiency, known as the Jevons paradox

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Jevons paradox described the phenomenon in 1865. By the English economist William Jevons Staneleya in the book The Coal Question (The issue of carbon), which foresaw the gradual depletion of the British coal deposits. In general, this paradox states that the more efficiently we use a given raw material, the more its consumption increases. In the case of coal, the more effective use of energy contained in it with the use of steam engines resulted in an increase in demand for this raw material. The aim of the article is to analyze the occurrence of Jevons' paradox in economics and ecology based on the analysis of foreign literature. The article also points to the relations that exist between ecology and economics, on the example of coal mining in North America.
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  • Faculty of Management, University of Economics in Katowice, Katowice, Poland
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