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

  • Geoplast received BCA Singapore Certification for its formworks efficiency

    We are glad to announce that Geoplast received the BCA Singapore Certification for its Formworks efficiency. BCA is an agency under the Ministry of National Development, championing the development of an excellent building environment for Singapore. ...


    By Geoplast US Corp.

  • 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

  • Chemical Engineering Magazine: Odor Issues and Solutions for Wastewater Treatment

    Today, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of industrial operations that are located within or near small towns and even large cities. When local residents constantly smell these industrial processes – particularly from wastewater treatment — unhappy neighborhoods are generally the result. In addition, many wastewater facilities can no longer produce odors without facing ...


    By OMI Industries (OMI)

  • 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 ...

  • Aeration and Mixing Bring Hussain Sagar Lake`s Ecosystem Back to Life

    Overview Hussain Sagar Lake in India faced an inflow of untreated waste and pollution causing decreasing DO levels and foul odors in the nearby community. An even more critical threat was eutrophication, or an excessive number of nutrients in the body of water, choking out the natural aquatic life. Given the lake is stagnate, circulation and the distribution of efficient aeration ...

  • Why actions speck louder than words

    Making the resource revolution a reality can only be achieved if our actions speak louder than our words. The resource revolution comprises many elements, but chief among them is the need for action to be taken to ensure optimal resource productivity across the world. Much has been made of the need for businesses and other organizations to assess the planet’s use of its ...


    By TOMRA Sorting GmbH.

  • What you need to know about mercury emissions monitoring

    Gasmet Technologies (Finland) has published a new White Paper on the monitoring of mercury emissions to air from industrial processes. The Paper provides an overview of current initiatives to reduce mercury emissions and explains how continuous mercury emissions monitoring can help inform process control and the efficient operation of pollution abatement equipment, whilst also demonstrating ...


    By Gasmet Technologies Oy

  • Insitu analysis of ammonia slip and water vapor using a tunable diode laser for SCR/SNCR optimization and boiler tube surveillance in power plants

    ABSTRACT Environmental Regulations driven by the 1990 Clean Air Act require Power Plants to reduce NOx emissions. SCR's and SNCR's reduce NOx emission by injecting ammonia into the combustion flue gas. which ideally reacts with the NOx to form H?0 and Nj. The efficiency of the SCR SNCR is determined by monitoring the outlet for excess NH3. referred to as NH3 slip. The flue gas sample ...

  • Illinois Utilities Begin to Design Community Solar Programs Under New Energy Law

    Illinois utilities and regulators are putting into motion plans for community solar programs under the state’s Future Energy Jobs Act that passed last year. In filings with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) last month, ComEd outlined proposed terms and conditions for “Community Supply,” also referred to as community solar. Ameren Illinois has also ...


    By Cleantech Law Partners

  • What classifies as water pollution and why is it an issue?

    The UN declared 2005-2015 as the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’. Yet each day thousands of people still die as a result of contaminated water. This does not even take into account the millions of organisms that perish every year thank to polluted water sources. Water pollution is a huge issue that is made more so by the fact that unfortunately, water is ...


    By Aquaread Limited

  • Taking advantage of production waste - Case Study

    Recycling areas: Various scrap Company name: KME (Serravalle Copper Tubes) Located: Serravalle Scrivia (Alessandria), Italy Founded: 1886 Employees: 5700 KME is a leading global fabricator of copper and copper alloy semi-finished products. Each year 405.000 tons of copper and copper alloy semi-finished products (excluding copper wire) are produced. ...


    By Eldan Recycling A/S

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.  ...

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