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Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science

Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science
31 Volumes | 1998 - 2018


Eco-efficiency has become one of the buzzwords of our time. The term reflects the paradigm shift that has occurred since the late eighties. Rather than regarding ecology and economy as mutually opposing entities, it is now widely recognised that eco-efficient production is a major opportunity to enhance a company's competitive position in the market. Correspondingly, the general view of industry's role in the sustainable development debate has also changed: rather than being identified as a part of the problem, business is now seen increasingly as a part of the solution. All this means that industry faces a new range of opportunities and challenges - in product design, material and supplier choice, producer responsibility for the waste stage, and product image.

All books of the series Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science

2018 | Book

Factor X

Challenges, Implementation Strategies and Examples for a Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

This book describes and analyses necessities for a more resource-efficient world. It discusses solutions for a more sustainable use of natural resources, addressing decision-makers and experts from the fields of policy development, industry …

2018 | Book

Accounting for Sustainability: Asia Pacific Perspectives

This book advances the understanding of corporate sustainability and challenges and roles of sustainability accounting in the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia-Pacific region has shown fast economic growth for several decades which is expected to …

2014 | Book

Corporate Sustainability in International Comparison

State of Practice, Opportunities and Challenges

Although every country is distinguished by its history, culture and language as well as its unique economic, environmental and social conditions, it can be expected that international operating companies will exhibit common patterns since sustaina

2014 | Book

Factor X

Policy, Strategies and Instruments for a Sustainable Resource Use

The editors of Factor X explore and analyze this trajectory, predicting scarcities of non-renewable materials such as metals, limited availability of ecological capacities and shortages arising from geographic concentrations of materials. They argue

2013 | Book

Implementing Environmental Accounts

Case Studies from Eastern and Southern Africa

Leaving aside human and social capital for a future volume, the book should be viewed as a crucial first step in developing indicators for total wealth in the countries covered by the case studies, which include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Moz

2013 | Book

Factor X

Re-source - Designing the Recycling Society

Factor X: Re-source—Designing the Recycling Society explores the role of recycling in efforts to achieve the sustainable world envisioned in the Federal Environment Ministry’s Resource Efficiency Programme, known as ProgRess. The chapters buil

2011 | Book

Environmental Management Accounting and Supply Chain Management

This volume’s focus on the environmental accounting of supply chain processes is of particular relevance because these processes supply data about the environmental impact of relationships between business organisations, an area where the boundary se

2009 | Book

Handbook of Input-Output Economics in Industrial Ecology

Industrial Ecology (IE) is an emerging multidisciplinary field. University departments and higher education programs are being formed on the subject following the lead of Yale University, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU),

2009 | Book

Environmental and Material Flow Cost Accounting

Principles and Procedures

Recognizing the increasing importance of environmental issues, energy prices, material availability and efficiency and the difficulty of adequately managing these issues in traditional accounting systems, several companies all over the world have

2009 | Book

Waste Input-Output Analysis

Concepts and Application to Industrial Ecology

Industrial ecology (IE) is a rapidly growing scienti?c discipline that is concerned with the sustainability of industrial systems under explicit consideration of its int- dependence with natural systems. In recent years, there has been an ever-increa

2008 | Book

Environmental Management Accounting for Cleaner Production

Sustainability requires companies to develop in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable manner. Corporate sustainable development in turn requires movement towards cleaner production. In order to recognize the potential from clea

2007 | Book

Quantified Eco-Efficiency

An Introduction with Applications

A central asset of eco-efficiency analysis is that it does not depend on a specific evaluation of environmental impacts against economic effects, avoiding the often disputed results of neo-classical evaluation methods. For integrating the differen

2006 | Book

Sustainable Metals Management

Securing our Future - Steps Towards a Closed Loop Economy

What’s in a name? What, in particular, is metals management’ all about? I suspect that my ‘ colleagues assumed that I would have a good answer, given that the endowed Sandoz Chair I occupied from 1992 until my retirement in 2000 was entitled “Environ

2005 | Book

Ambiguities in Decision-oriented Life Cycle Inventories

The Role of Mental Models and Values

In an environmental life cycle assessment of products (LCA), an unambiguous, scientifically based, ‘objective’ attribution of material and energy flows to a product is pure fiction. This is due to the fundamental epistemological conditions of LCA

2005 | Book

Implementing Environmental Management Accounting: Status and Challenges

This is the third volume in the Environmental Management Accounting Network (EMAN) series of selected refereed papers on environmental management accounting drawn primarily from papers presented at EMAN-Europe's annual c- ferences. Most of the papers

2005 | Book

The European Union's Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)

2004 | Book

The Effectiveness of Policy Instruments for Energy-Efficiency Improvement in Firms

The Dutch Experience

Improvement of energy efficiency is one of the important options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. According to the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, hundreds of technologies for improving the end-use …

2003 | Book

Computers and the Environment: Understanding and Managing their Impacts

Personal computers have made life convenient in many ways, but what about their impacts on the environment due to production, use and disposal? Manufacturing computers requires prodigious quantities of fossil fuels, toxic chemicals and water.

2003 | Book

Environmental Management Accounting — Purpose and Progress

2003 | Book

The Life Cycle of Copper, Its Co-Products and Byproducts

Achieving the goals and objectives of sustainable development requires better information about the consequences of proposed actions. Partial information accounts for many failed efforts in the past. The financial implications for the proponent of …