World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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  • Industry, Fresh Water and Sustainable Development

    Industry, Fresh Water and Sustainable Development

    Synopsis Industry, Fresh Water, and Sustainable Development is published jointly by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The growing demands for water for human consumption, ...

  • By-product Synergy: A Strategy for Sustainable Development

    By-product Synergy: A Strategy for Sustainable Development

    This primer provides concrete examples of how companies have increased their profitability, and reduced pollution and natural resource use through innovative cross-industry collaboration. The potential for gaining even more benefits from by-product ...

  • Cleaner Production and Eco-efficiency - Complementary Approaches to Sustainable Development

    Cleaner Production and Eco-efficiency - Complementary Approaches to Sustainable Development

    This report was produced jointly by the WBCSD and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme). It demonstrates that these concepts are finding practical applications by being translated into operating policies and business strategies worldwide. ...

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

    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 ...

    Hendrik A. Verfaillie and Robin Bidwell

  • Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products, an Introduction

    Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products, an Introduction

    Decisions regarding the purchase and use of wood and paper-based products can have far-reaching, long-term impacts for the forests where they are harvested, the communities supported by wood-using industries, and the places where those products are ...

    Ruth Nogueron; Lars Laestadius; Joe Lawson; Bruce McIntyre

  • Markets for Ecosystem Services – New Challenges and Opportunities for Business and the Environment

    Markets for Ecosystem Services – New Challenges and Opportunities for Business and the Environment

    Entitled Markets for Ecosystem Services – New Challenges and Opportunities for Business and the Environment ( 1.3 MB), the report shows how at a fundamental level, all economies and businesses depend directly or indirectly on the conservation of ...

    Joshua Bishop; Lloyd Timberlake

  • Investing in a Low-Carbon Energy Future in the Developing World

    Investing in a Low-Carbon Energy Future in the Developing World

    The need to address climate change while facilitating continued economic growth and social progress is one of the key challenges facing world leaders today. Energy is critical to continued economic growth and according to the International Energy ...

  • Establishing a global carbon market

    Establishing a global carbon market

    In its 2007 publication Policy Directions to 2050, the WBCSD proposes an outline for a post-2012 international framework. It features four key elements: The establishment of a quantifiable long-term (50-year) trajectory for the management of ...

  • Mondi local enterprise development - case study 2008

    Mondi local enterprise development - case study 2008

    The city of Swiecie in Northern Poland has a population of 27,000, and another 100,000 people live within 30 kilometers. At 24%, the region’s high unemployment rate is a major concern for local residents. The 1990s saw the downsizing or closure of ...

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  • WBCSD Annual Review 2007 – The times they are a-changin’

    WBCSD Annual Review 2007 – The times they are a-changin’

    The challenges of achieving sustainable development in our rapidly changing world are more important than ever. In fact, sustainability issues increasingly defi ne our existence on Earth. While the imperative of attaining sustainable human existence ...

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  • Making markets for ecosystem services

    Making markets for ecosystem services

    Ecosystems thinking is slowly changing from concern about losing species to concern about losing the services that keep our own species – and its civilization – thriving.

    WBCSD

  • Adaptation: An issue brief for business

    Adaptation: An issue brief for business

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report,1 Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report, forecasts that climate change will have significant impacts on populations and environments around the world. Furthermore, it is ...

    Jan Dell, Andrew Roberts, Claude Nahon, Francis Condon et al.

  • The cement sustainability initiative

    The cement sustainability initiative

    The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) is a large global sustainability program begun by several leading cement companies in 1999. The Initiative, operating under the auspices of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), ...

  • Managing end-of-life tires full report

    Managing end-of-life tires full report

    Globally, an estimated 1 billion tires reach the end of their useful lives on vehicles each year. Disposal of these end-of-life tires (ELTs) in an environmentally sound and productive way continues to be a high priority of the tire business.

    WBCSD

  • Sustainable consumption fact & trends from a business perspective

    Sustainable consumption fact & trends from a business perspective

    This document takes stock of recent developments and trends in global consumption patterns. It presents an overview of documented facts and trends on the relationship between business activities, consumer behavior, and environmental and social ...

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  • Power to change

    Power to change

    This report shows that enough low-carbon technologies exist to help the world avert damaging climate change, but that strong policy is needed to support their rapid deployment.

    WBCSD

  • Powering a low-carbon economy

    Powering a low-carbon economy

    In order to address the global climate change challenge, the electricity sector recognizes the need for more efficient electricity consumption and less carbon-intensive electricity supply. This shift will require the use of all technology and energy ...

    WBCSD

  • Climate actions

    Climate actions

    The Cement Sustainability Initiative`s (CSI) “Climate Actions” publication details the results of industry efforts to address major sustainability challenges. These include: a sector-specific CO2 Accounting and Reporting Protocol, a global database ...

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