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P2005 Conference February 10, 2006 Which Future for Industry: The Environmental Challenge John R. Ehrenfeld Industrial Society for Industrial Ecology Equity Sustainable Development Environment Economy Sustainable Development is the Current “Solution”

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which future for industry the environmental challenge

P2005 Conference

February 10, 2006

Which Future for Industry: The Environmental Challenge

John R. Ehrenfeld

Industrial Society for Industrial Ecology

sustainable development is the current solution

Equity

Sustainable

Development

Environment

Economy

Sustainable Developmentis the Current “Solution”

Sustainable development is a form of development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability for future generations to meet their own needs.”

Brundtland Report 1987

reducing unsustainability does not create sustainability

Sustainable Development

Path

Eco-efficiency

Delay

Sustainability

Path

B2

B1

R1

SystemicSolution

Rebound effect

Unsustainability

Sustainable development is a quick fix with subsequent pathologies.

Reducing Unsustainability Does Not Create Sustainability
slide5

Sustainability is the possibility that human and other forms of life will flourish on the Earth forever.

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The Natural

Domain

The

Ethical

Domain

Sustainability

The Human

Domain

The Tao of Sustainability

Recovering the lost domains

by design

sustainability frameworks

v Restoring our sense of nature

v Industrial ecology

v Ecodesign

v Restoring our sense of Being.

v “Presencing” products (products that “engage” the actor)

Sustainability Frameworks
sustainability strategies depend on the business

v Primary resource manufacturers

    • v Symbiotic transfer of by-products
  • v Secondary material converters
    • v Front- and back-end involvement in symbioses
  • v Business-to-business manufacturers
    • v Eco-efficient products
    • v Product service systems
    • v Industrial symbiosis
  • v Consumer products manufacturers
    • v Eco-efficient products and services
    • v Presencing products
Sustainability Strategies Depend on the Business
sustainability strategies require new practices

vEnabling/incentivizing policies

v EPR/WEEE

v Cooperation and communication to facilitate symbiotic partnerships

v Participatory design practices

v Precaution and adaptive designs/management

Sustainability Strategies Require New Practices
sustainability strategies can be profitable
Sustainability Strategies Can Be Profitable
  • Waste represents an unutilized asset.
  • Symbioses enhance reputation.
  • PSS are win-win offers.
  • Sustainability products offer access to new markets.