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  1. P2005 Conference February 10, 2006 Which Future for Industry: The Environmental Challenge John R. Ehrenfeld Industrial Society for Industrial Ecology

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Sustainability is radically different from sustainable development.

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

  6. The Natural Domain The Ethical Domain Sustainability The Human Domain The Tao of Sustainability Recovering the lost domains by design

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Sustainability won’t wait forever.