eco-efficiency Articles

  • The efficiency and eco-efficiency of manufacturing

    In this paper, we review the efficiency of both manufacturing processes and systems over recent decades and compare nano-materials technologies in this context. To a first approximation, nano-materials processes appear to be about as efficient as semi-conductor processes. That is, their second law efficiencies are of the order 10−5, while conventional processes are of order 10−2. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Green infrastructure and flood management - Promoting cost-efficient flood risk reduction via green infrastructure solutions

    Executive summary Europe's floodplains once covered wide stretches along European rivers and were valued for their high ecological importance. Over a number of years they have been cleared for agricultural purposes and changed through urban expansion and artificial flood control structures. Existing natural waterways do not always have the capacity to bear any excess water which can lead ...

  • Eco-efficiency in the minerals and metals industry

    This paper explores the relationships between materials stewardship, eco-efficiency, and the product policies of governments. In doing so, a focus is maintained on the relevance of these industrial strategies and policies to the minerals and metals industry. Progress toward sustainable development requires a strong focus on accessing and harvesting natural resources with minimal social and ...

  • Work and eco-efficiency: opportunities and limitations

    In industrial ecology, the interaction of industrial and ecological systems has been approached mainly with concepts of metabolism, material flows and ecological metaphors. Less attention has been paid to the concept of work. In this article I study the contribution of eco-efficiency to social and ecological sustainability from the perspective of human work, work performed by technology and work ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • How to handle key sustainability issues of products and ingredients in the cosmetics industry

    How can brands determine and respond to the key issues regarding sustainability of their products and ingredients? The issue was discussed at the recent Sustainable Cosmetics Summit European Edition in Paris. Speaking at the event Margarida Gama, Thinkstep, business sustainability software and services provider, explained one route to determining and responding to sustainability concerns at ...


    By thinkstep

  • On eco-efficiency and sustainable development in Estonia

    The basic idea of sustainable development is a firm understanding that all resources, renewable as well as non-renewable, are limited. Human activities should not exceed the buffering capacity of the earth's ecosystems and the replenishment potential of material cycles. Use of non-renewable, mainly mineral, resources should be kept at the minimum possible level, postponing the depletion of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 5 Processes Where Quality and EHS Convergence Makes Complete Sense

    There are also many overlaps between the quality standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and EHS standards such as OHSAS 18001. As businesses look to find greater efficiencies by streamlining and integrating business processes, as well as get a better return on their IT investments, quality and EHS convergence makes sense.  Forward-looking businesses are already finding areas ...


    By EtQ, LLC

  • Europe imagines the ‘Port of the Future’

    On October 11-13 Envirosuite’s General Manager for Europe, Chaim Kolominskas, travelled to Amsterdam to present to the 2017 GreenPort Congress as part of a session on the Port of the Future. The GreenPort Congress is the largest conference focussed on balancing operational efficiency and environmental sustainability at ports. ...


    By Envirosuite

  • Paper mill waste recycling solution - Great value exists in the Paper Mill Waste recycling

    With the raising awareness of protecting forest and grass, most paper mills choose to recycle waste paper as raw materials to produce paper. Various waste paper can be used to remake paper, like carton box, office documents, cardboard for package.etc. A report shows that a recycled paper mill with an annual output of 1 million 500 thousand tons will produce 180 thousand tons" paper making waste ...


    By Harden Industries Ltd.

  • Seminar on Capillary Electrophoresis for the determination of inorganic cations and anions in Thailand demonstrates the benefits of CE method

    In the beginning of October, Lumex Instruments held the hands-on training on Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) in Thailand for our users and potential clients. This event was organized together with our distributor CE Combination and involved presentation of CE method and demonstration of Lumex Instruments ...


    By Lumex Instruments Group

  • 5 Key elements to look for in your etch process

    High wafer throughput Fast etch rates and low clean overheads mean higher tool uptime. Higher uptime means more wafers through your fab Profile control Vertical facets means higher device efficiency – more light out for power in Smooth surfaces Smooth surfaces means less light scattering – more usable ...


    By Oxford Instruments plc

  • Eco-Efficient Leadership for Improved Economic and Environmental Performance

    Eco-efficiency is a management philosophy. It encourages businesses to become more competitive, more innovative and more environmentally responsible. This paper outlines the main elements of this developing concept and provides examples of how it has improved the economic and environmental performance of companies.  ...

  • Reconsidering quantification of eco-efficiency: application to a national economy

    The concept of Eco-efficiency combines sparing use of natural resources and environmental policy objectives with economic efficiency, the aim being the reduced use of natural resources in order to alleviate the environmental consequences of overburdening the environment. Thus, it seems a potential action strategy for the striving towards sustainable development. One of the publicised quantitative ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Eco-efficiency as a road-mapping instrument for WEEE implementation

    A comprehensive and quantitative eco-efficiency concept for end-of-life consumer electronics is developed at the TU Delft. It addresses the key question in setting up take-back systems for discarded consumer electronics: how much environmental improvement can be realised per amount of money invested? This paper highlights the latest results of applying the concept in practice on the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Waste Free Offices. Eco-Efficiency Case Study.

    Introduction Xerox Limited, an arm of Xerox Corporation, has responsibility for European markets. Xerox Limited offers a wide array of document-related business solutions, products and services, and recently moved into the digital office equipment market. Xerox produces copiers, printers, scanners, faxes and provides solutions for document transfer. Xerox Limited is dedicated to ...


  • Editorial: Eco-efficiency is important when it is strategic

    Microeconomics Eco-Efficiency (EE) theory is now a normative and prescriptive political position and a management goal. Macroeconomics science proves that microeconomics EE theory is false. The EE overall objective and vision is a relative ratio. That of macroeconomics sustainability is an absolute limit. Simple calculations of EE and factor X targets for different countries support the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Measuring Eco-efficiency: a Guide to Reporting Company Performance

     Abstract New corporate WBCSD guide offers common framework for measuring and reporting eco-efficiency. Eco-efficiency is widely adopted in today’s business world but approaches to measuring and reporting its performance have lacked consistency. For the first time, a report by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) proposes a common measurement framework that ...

  • Development of eco-efficiency in metal production in Finland

    In this article we reconsider if Eco-Efficiency (EE) is a suitable practical tool of Industrial Ecology (IE) to measure the progress towards Sustainable Development (SD) and the aims of IE. EE combines sparing use of natural resources with economic efficiency, the aim being reduced use of natural resources. Many scientific, government and international organisations consider EE an essential ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Eco-Efficiency and Cleaner Production: Charting the Course to Sustainability

    Eco-Efficiency starts from issues of economic efficiency which have positive environmental benefits, while cleaner production starts from issues of environmental efficiency which have positive economic benefits. ...

  • An eco-efficiency analysis of the snowboard manufacturing industry

    This paper examines the eco-efficiency of the snowboard manufacturing industry and how it relates to global warming, increasing climactic volatility and reductions in snowfall worldwide. Our data, and subsequent analysis, illustrate the current eco-efficiency activity within a sample group of snowboard brands headquartered throughout North America and Europe. Though the sample group exhibited an ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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