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Sustainability and productivity – how can businesses successfully achieve both?

by TOMRA Sorting (TITECH)  (Sep. 15, 2016)

Every business is aware of the challenges associated with helping to increase productivity without the move having a detrimental impact on other areas of the business. If processes can be streamlined and output increased, most businesses would grab the opportunity to do so, but this may also come at the expense of other things outside of the ...

Models of sustainability and sustainable development

by Inderscience Publishers  (Feb. 3, 2004)

This paper proposes a general model of sustainability, which offers a comprehensive theoretical framework integrating ecological, economic and social aspects of sustainability. The model exhibits the underlying ethical principles, broad goals and measurable objectives. It contains as special cases the more limited models of the "Natural ...

Smart energy needs smarter regulation

by Synergy Events  (Sep. 17, 2016)

As Europe’s smart energy community looks forward to coming together at European Utility Week (EUW) 2016 in Barcelona later this year, Global Smart Grid Federation’s Ronnie Belmans looks at how energy regulation could be refocused to the benefit of the industry and consumers. A recent survey of EUW’s Advisory Board Members ...

National Academies Publishes Prepublication Version of Triennial Review of the NNI

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Sep. 13, 2016)

In early September 2016, the National Academies published a prepublication version of the Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) asked the National Research Council (NRC) to conduct a triennial ...

Energy efficiency and sustainable development

by Inderscience Publishers  (Feb. 12, 2004)

The role of increased energy efficiency in achieving sustainable development is investigated. Specifically, the relations are examined between energy (and energy efficiency) and sustainable development. Also, the linkages are discussed between energy efficiency and environmental impact, and the theoretical and practical limitations on increased ...

Post-(sustainable) development?

by Inderscience Publishers  (Dec. 19, 2008)

This paper critically reviews the application of a post-development analysis to sustainable development by employing a defined target for post-development analysis – the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC). Data from the 2005 Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI) for 146 countries are used to generate statistically significant EKC models, and the ...

Indicators for sustainable development in forestry

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jan. 26, 2004)

Long-term preservation of forest ecosystems and resources is a major stake for sustainable development. An accurate assessment of these ecosystems and resources is necessary for defining, implementing and monitoring sustainable forestry management policies. The question of designing forestry indicators is situated in this context. This paper does ...

Sustainable Development Programs

by CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.  (Oct. 13, 2006)

Sustainable Development Program for Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville, North Carolina Unique Features • Developed detailed site maps; identified and marked buffer zone limits in all application areas • Prepared an O&M manual and provided training to base personnel • Developed a customized software program called the ...

Sustainable Development/Water Interactions

by IWA Publishing  (Oct. 2, 2012)

Even though it is probably true that in more recent times the water planning and management procedures used in most parts of the world appear to have been reasonably adequate, it is now becoming increasingly questionable. A sustainable approach is now required. Yet, it is quite one thing to say “sustainable” in every breath, and ...

Environmental impacts of ocean-energy systems: a life-cycle assessment

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Sep. 23, 2016)

Ocean-energy technologies — which harvest renewable energy from the sea — will have a significant role to play in a future low-carbon society. A recent life-cycle analysis of different ocean-energy devices has found that life-cycle environmental impacts are caused mainly by the materials used in the mooring, foundations and structures. ...

Is it really take off time for climate action in the aviation sector?

by A.E.F. S.r.l.  (Sep. 27, 2016)

Over the next two weeks, government officials, airlines and environmental groups are meeting in Montreal to agree a deal which they hope will allow global climate action for the aviation sector to finally take off. This is important because if the aviation sector were a country, it would rank seventh in the ...

Green Buildings: Economics and Policies

by Oxford Journals  (Aug. 27, 2016)

Introduction Green building has received increased attention over the past decade from both environmental economists and policymakers. While there is no single definition of “green buildings” or its related policy, researchers and organizations tend to emphasize resource efficiency in building and reducing the impacts of buildings on ...

Sustainable Development Goals Adopted

by World Meteorological Organization (WMO)  (Sep. 28, 2015)

Weather, climate and water-related information and services will make a cross-cutting contribution to promotion of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals. WMO will work closely with its Members and National and Meteorological and Hydrological Services to improve both the provision and use of these services and maximize their full ...

Checking the Sustainable Development Box

by Richard MacLean & Associates, LLC  (May 20, 2010)

Organizations can now even buy "off-the-rack" sustainability programs. But many companies seem to be deriving little value from their sustainability efforts. Even worse, in the rush to adopt prepackaged sustainability programs, corporate leaders may be failing to think about what sustainability really means for the future of their organizations. ...

Sustainable Development Commission to close

by Vital Efficienci Ltd.  (Jul. 22, 2010)

Coalition government plans to cut public sector spending could include the Sustainable Development Commission, reports ...

Equity and sustainable development

by Inderscience Publishers  (Sep. 2, 2010)

Sustainable development indicator (SDI) frameworks typically adopt a broad understanding of well-being, but an issue has been raised whether they should attempt to consider equity. It is generally accepted that SDI frameworks need to take into account inter-generational equity, but there is no similar consensus about intra-generational equity. ...

Sustainable development: legitimisation to internalisation

by Inderscience Publishers  (Aug. 20, 2014)

The recent flurry of sustainable development activity gives researchers an unparalleled opportunity to explore a sweeping societal phenomenon and its complex implications to the firm. This paper addresses the factors that contribute to intrafirm complexity such that they inhibit the execution of sustainable development initiatives. Unlike other ...

Sustainable development: the options

by Inderscience Publishers  (Sep. 18, 2009)

Global warming is considered in the context of options for achieving sustainable development. There is some uncertainty over global warming processes, so the Climate Change Convention struck the right balance. The Earth Summit reinforced the concept that economic development and environmental management are interdependent, and resources to solve ...

Public literacy on sustainable development

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jan. 16, 2015)

Public literacy on sustainability, knowledge about sustainability and competence to act sustainably, is assessed with a 20–question questionnaire as a function of participants' gender, age, education and annual income by surveying 353 randomly selected typical, non–expert citizens. Exploratory factor analysis reduced the number of independent ...

Sustainable developments in knitting

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jun. 26, 2012)

The global community is aware that policies and practices regarding human consumption of resources need to change. Sustainability is a dominant factor within government policies worldwide. A recent report compiled on behalf of the European Union identified clothing and textiles as key industries in terms of reducing environmental impact. In ...

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