Eco-efficiency and Beyond: Towards the Sustainable Enterprise

0 avg rating
( 0 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781874719601: Eco-efficiency and Beyond: Towards the Sustainable Enterprise

Business-as-usual, it is widely accepted, will exceed the Earth's carrying capacity in an alarmingly short space of time. In simple terms, we need to learn to use the world's rapidly depleting resources in a significantly more efficient manner. Practical and readily adopted solutions are needed now. Eco-efficiency-or "produce more with less" – is achieved when goods and services satisfy human needs, increase the quality of life at competitive prices and when environmental impacts and resource intensity are decreased to a degree that keeps them within the limits of Earth's expected carrying capacity. Eco-efficiency – a term first proposed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in 1992 – is a management approach that allows businesses to carry out environmental protection measures from a market-oriented point of view, with the aim of illustrating that ecology and the economy do not need to be a contradiction. Indeed, eco-efficiency has been portrayed as a win-win-for both business and the environment. 

This book, which developed out of two conferences on eco-efficiency held in Düsseldorf in 1998 and 2001, is edited by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and his team from the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, one of the world's leading research programmes on resource productivity. The aim is not simply to explain the past and present of eco-efficiency but to look forward to and encourage a future where the comprehensive take-up of the concept by business, government and consumers could lead to innovation on a grand scale and the possibility of a giant leap beyond towards overall sustainability. 

There have been considerable achievements to date. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index, which aims to list the most sustainable corporations for investors, includes companies such as BASF, Climatex, Henkel and Matushita/Panasonic (all represented in this book), who are implementing eco-efficiency measures. A number of political initiatives have also been formed. In December 2001, the German government suggested a National Sustainability Strategy to measure Germany's sustainable development. While this not yet an accepted political target or even law, it shows that politics is moving toward binding targets for increasing efficiency. 

Eco-Efficiency and Beyond collects together the leading thinkers on the topic and aims to illustrate not only that the concept should be part of every business strategy but that it is a key trigger for innovation. Innovation cuts through paradoxes. It is the creation of solutions to conflicting demands. Flying in a vacuum gave us rockets and satellites; switching electrons through insulators gave us Silicon Valley and the digital age. Sustainable development presents a similar field of paradoxical innovation forces: i.e. provide affordable products and services for the growing unmet needs of the world population while reducing environmental impacts. 

This book is the definitive collection on eco-efficiency and will be required reading for business, government, NGOs and academicians.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Jan-Dirk Seiler-Hausmann was project leader in the Working Group "Eco-efficiency and Sustainable Enterprises" at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Together with Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker, he published a collection of essays on eco-efficiency (OEkoeffizienz: Management der Zukunft; Birkhauser, 1999). He organised the international conference "From Eco-efficiency to Sustainability in Enterprises" held alongside the ENVITEC trade fair in Dusseldorf in 2001. The proceedings of the conference are documented in a book of the same name published with Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker and Bjorn Stigson. In 2001-2002 he spent six months as a visiting researcher at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan before joining sustainability communications at Henkel. Dr Christa Liedtke, born in 1964, studied biology and theology. Since 1993, she has been working as project leader at the Wuppertal Institute, Division for Material Flows and Structural Change, advancing in 1995 to team leader for product-related material flow analysis and sustainable management systems. Since 2000 she has been working as head of the Working Group "Eco-efficiency and Sustainable Enterprises", now "Research Group Sustainable Production and Consumption", which is concerned with developing workable concepts, tools and management systems that support economic, ecological and social sustainability in industries, enterprises and product lines Dr Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker is a member of the German parliament, and, since 2002, chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. He has also been chairman of the Parliamentary Study Commission "Globalisation of the Economy: Challenges and Answers" (2000-2002), and, previously, president of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy from 1991 to 2000. He is a member of the Club of Rome and of the ILO Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalisation. With Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins, he wrote the landmark book Factor Four: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use (Earthscan Publications, 1997).

Review:

...this compilation of essays from an impressive range of sustainability experts shows how and where those at the leading edge are taking the debate. - Corporate Citizenship Briefing, February/March 2004 |

| The main strength of this book is that it discusses eco-efficiency at a practical level of applications. In this way the concept becomes tangible and the authors clearly go beyond the theory ... It is required reading for business, government, NGOs and academics, in the field of business management. - International Journal of Environment and Pollution Vol. 23 No. 4 (2005)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 160.00
US$ 30.91

Convert Currency

Shipping: US$ 7.36
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Published by Greenleaf Publishing Limited
ISBN 10: 1874719608 ISBN 13: 9781874719601
New Quantity Available: 4
Seller:
Majestic Books
(London, ,, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Greenleaf Publishing Limited. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 6824451

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 30.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.36
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

JAN-DIRK SEILER-HAUSMANN ET.AL
ISBN 10: 1874719608 ISBN 13: 9781874719601
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
firstbookstore
(New Delhi, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Brand New Original US Edition, Perfect Condition. Printed in English. Excellent Quality, Service and customer satisfaction guaranteed!. Bookseller Inventory # AIND-62809

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 40.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

JAN-DIRK SEILER-HAUSMANN ANDERNST ULRICH VON WEIZSÄCKER
ISBN 10: 1874719608 ISBN 13: 9781874719601
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookshub
(Karol Bagh, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. New. US edition. Perfect condition. Customer satisfaction our priority. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-FEB-112202

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 40.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

JAN-DIRK SEILER-HAUSMANN ANDERNST ULRICH VON WEIZSÄCKER
ISBN 10: 1874719608 ISBN 13: 9781874719601
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
EBOOKSTORE2010
(New Delhi, ND, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. New. US edition. Customer Satisfaction guaranteed!!. Bookseller Inventory # SHUB112202

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 40.82
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

JAN-DIRK SEILER-HAUSMANN ET.AL
ISBN 10: 1874719608 ISBN 13: 9781874719601
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Romtrade Corp.
(STERLING HEIGHTS, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Brand New Original US Edition.We Ship to PO BOX Address also. EXPEDITED shipping option also available for faster delivery. Bookseller Inventory # AUSBNEW-62809

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 43.31
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

JAN-DIRK SEILER-HAUSMANN ANDERNST ULRICH VON WEIZSÄCKER
ISBN 10: 1874719608 ISBN 13: 9781874719601
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Basi6 International
(Irving, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. New, US edition. Excellent Customer Service. Bookseller Inventory # ABEUSA-112202

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 43.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Published by Routledge (2004)
ISBN 10: 1874719608 ISBN 13: 9781874719601
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Routledge, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1874719608

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 50.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

JAN-DIRK SEILER-HAUSMANN ANDERNST ULRICH VON WEIZSÄCKER
ISBN 10: 1874719608 ISBN 13: 9781874719601
New Pb Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Rishi Global Enterprises
(GHAZIABAD, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pb. Book Condition: Brand New. Brand New , US EDITION fast shipping Delivery with in 5-7 working day Only, We Do not Ship APO AND PO BOX. Quick delivery by USPS/UPS/DHL/FEDEX/ARAMEX ,Customer satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # RICKKHH57218

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 64.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.51
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

JAN-DIRK SEILER-HAUSMANN ANDERNST ULRICH VON WEIZSÄCKER
ISBN 10: 1874719608 ISBN 13: 9781874719601
New Pb Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Rishi Global Enterprises
(GHAZIABAD, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pb. Book Condition: Brand New. Brand New , US EDITION fast shipping Delivery with in 5-7 working day Only, We Do not Ship APO AND PO BOX. Quick delivery by USPS/UPS/DHL/FEDEX/ARAMEX ,Customer satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # RICKKHH25362

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 66.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.51
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Published by GREENLEAF PUBLISHING LTD.
ISBN 10: 1874719608 ISBN 13: 9781874719601
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
BookVistas
(New Delhi, DELHI, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description GREENLEAF PUBLISHING LTD. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SR-ECO-9781874719601

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 77.31
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.70
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book