Eco-Efficiency: The Business Link to Sustainable Development

By Livio D. DeSimone; Frank Popoff | Go to book overview

Foreword
Maurice StrongIt is a very special honor to have been invited to provide the foreword to "Eco-efficiency: The Business Link to Sustainable Development" by Livio DeSimone and Frank Popoff, two executives recognized for their leading-edge thinking on issues of sustainability.Back in 1992, I had the unique experience of being present at the creation of the concept of eco-efficiency during the Earth Summit.In just five years, eco-efficiency has moved from a vision to implementation. Discussed in board rooms, debated by policy makers, and promoted by NGOs, it is an idea whose time has not only come—but one whose contribution will help society move along the path to sustainable development.As both a businessman and now an international public servant, I have first-hand experience of the exciting and important potential eco‐ efficiency provides. The worldwide adoption of eco-efficiency by governments and the widespread practice by business is just under way, but all those who are experiencing it know how fundamental it is becoming to how we think and act about sustainable development.Evidence of the evolution of eco-efficiency from concept to concrete action is growing day by day:
Eco-efficiency workshops have been conducted in many parts of the world;
UN agencies, the OECD, the European Commission, and many national governments are promoting awareness of eco-efficiency on all continents;
the WBCSD global network is introducing the idea to developing countries and economies in transition;

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  • Eco-Efficiency - The Business Link to Sustainable Development *
  • Contents *
  • Foreword *
  • Views of Business Leaders *
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Introduction *
  • 1 - Eco-Efficiency and Sustainable Development *
  • 2 - Eco-Efficiency and the Bottom Line *
  • 3 - Defining and Measuring Eco-Efficiency *
  • 4 - Becoming Eco-Efficient *
  • 5 - Partnership for Eco-Efficiency *
  • 6 - Case Studies *
  • 7 - A Leadership Role for Business *
  • Notes *
  • Wbcsd Working Group on Eco-Efficiency *
  • Index *
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