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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Eco Expo Asia 2017 attracts strong participation of international pavilions to exhibit with new theme

    Eco Expo Asia is set to present its 12th edition at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong, from 26 to 29 October 2017. Organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the expo serves as a gateway to the flourishing green ...


    By Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd

  • UNTHA waste shredder for one of most state-of-the-art MPS systems in Europe

    MPS Betriebsführungs GmbH, based in Berlin, has been using a UNTHA XR3000R waste shredder since early October. The waste treatment plant, which is jointly operated by the ALBA Group and Berliner Stadtreinigung (Berlin’s municipal waste management company), specialises in the production of alternative fuels, and forms part of one of the most modern plants for mechanical-physical ...


    By UNTHA Shredding Technology

  • The Importance of Dewatering

    With spring comes two things: the onset of construction season for most of our country and rain- lots and lots of rain. The unpredictability of storms and the amount of rainfall is all a guessing game.  Jobsites flood, work stalls and projects get delayed. Rain makes it hard to keep dry and on-schedule. What’s the solution? Dewatering is a technique used to control ...


    By Pac-Van, Inc.

  • Cleaner Production and Eco-Efficiency in Australian small firms

    This paper reviews the Cleaner Production (CP) and Eco-Efficiency (EE) initiatives from 30 Australian small firms that participated in government-funded programs. The review focuses on the type of opportunities implemented, their technical complexity and business significance, and motivators for their identification and implementation. Even though the results are only illustrative, they clearly ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • New dimensiong guideline and standard for the activated sludge process

    Since June 2016 a new standard for the design of activated sludge systems is valid. The most significant point is the change of the basic value from BOD to COD. The standard is also the basis for designing SBR-systems. The article discusses main aspects of the new design basis and how AQUA DESIGNER has been modified and adapted to this. In AQUA DESIGNER you can calculate the continuous and ...


    By BITControl GmbH

  • How Do You Choose the Best Reverse Osmosis and Nanofiltration Membrane System for an Industrial Facility?

    As global demands for clean water increase, more and more industrial facilities are looking toward membrane filtration solutions, such as reverse osmosis (RO) and nanofiltration (NF), to help manage intake, process, and waste water treatment. Using membrane filtration can help your facility reuse wastewater and virtually eliminate discharge fees, and depending on the industry or required use, it ...


    By SAMCO Technologies, Inc.

  • Molecular gas filtration: chemisorption versus physisorption

    Advantages of chemisorption over physisorption in molecular gas filtration. To remove pollutant compounds in air, both spherical and pelletized solid products are widely used. Examples of their application include Indoor Air Quality, Corrosion in Control Rooms, In Vitro Fertilisation, and Odours. What all these ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Modified Sine Wave Inverters vs Pure Sine Wave Inverters

    Most everyday appliances and commercial tools run on AC power. This is fine if you’re connecting the device to a wall outlet that provides AC power. But what if you want to use power from a DC source, like a solar-powered generator or a car battery? In such cases, individuals need to use an inverter – a device that converts DC power to AC power. There are several types of ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Why ‘custom-built’ is often cheaper than off the shelf

    We know that we’ve said it before, but even though we list what we call our ‘standard range’, by far and away most of the incinerators and cremators we manufacture are specially designed and manufactured to match the individual needs of each customer.  Since everyone’s requirements are different, virtually every unit we produce is ‘made to order’ and the ...


    By Todaysure Limited

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.  ...

  • 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

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