Strategies for Improving Performance
Edited by Peter Karl Kresl and Daniele Ietri
Chapter 12: Competitiveness, sustainability and urban energy use: some lessons for Europe from the Mexican experience
This chapter deals with an exploratory study on the relationship between energy, competitiveness and sustainability, using Mexico and its largest cities as a case study. An analysis of the national energy balance and the use of two indicators on the efficiency and efficacy in the use of energy will be carried out for that purpose. The concept of urban competitiveness and its relationship with the production and consumption of energy in the Mexican cities is introduced. The results of that exploration reveal the paradoxical character of urban sustainability based on the use and consumption of energy, where the larger the city size the bigger its efficiency in energy consumption into economic activity; but also the larger the city size the bigger its per-inhabitant consumption of energy by resident population.
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