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Eco-Efficiency, Regulation and Sustainable Business

Towards a Governance Structure for Sustainable Development Edited by Raimund Bleischwitz, BHP Billiton Chair in Sustainable Global Resources, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London, UK and Peter Hennicke, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany
This book presents important new research on applied eco-efficiency concepts throughout Europe. The aim of eco-efficiency is to achieve market-based measures of environmental protection, in order to enhance the prospects for sustainable development and achieve positive economic and ecological benefits.
Extent: 256 pp
Hardback Price: $135.00 Web: $121.50
Publication Date: 2004
ISBN: 978 1 84376 687 2
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environment
  • Asian Environment
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Governance and Regulation
This book presents important new research on applied eco-efficiency concepts throughout Europe. The aim of eco-efficiency is to achieve market-based measures of environmental protection, in order to enhance the prospects for sustainable development and achieve positive economic and ecological benefits.

The distinguished authors discuss a number of themes surrounding eco-efficiency including the necessary conditions for technological dissemination and ecological modernization, and the role of government in enabling businesses and society to participate actively in this process. In particular, they highlight the application of existing European-based policies concerning material flows and energy. The authors also investigate some new concepts of sustainable development and provide a useful introduction to material flows analysis. In further chapters they study the emerging regulatory policies for eco-efficiency, and examine the issues of sustainable business and consumption strategies.

Environmental and ecological economists, policymakers and political scientists will welcome this original and insightful book which aims to translate the theory of sustainable development into practical policy and business-related solutions.
Contributors: D. Assmann, P. Bartelmus, R. Bleischwitz, S. Bringezu, M. Fischedick, T. Hanke, P. Hennicke, M. Kuhndt, S. Lorek, R. Lucas, S. Moll, S. Nowak, E.K. Seifert, S. Thomas, H. Wallbaum, J. von Geibler, E.U. von Weizsäcker
Contents: Foreword Preface Introduction 1. Translating Sustainable Development into Practice: A ‘Patchwork’ of Some New Concepts and an Introduction to Material Flows Analysis 2. Towards a New Kind of Technological Progress 3. Emerging Regulatory Policies for Eco-Efficiency 4. Sustainable Business and Consumption Strategies 5. Bridging the Data Gap 6. Concluding Thoughts References Index