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Hardcover | Out of Print | 308 pp. | 5.8 x 8.9 in | October 1997 | ISBN: 9780262041621
Paperback | $27.00 X | £21.95 | 308 pp. | 5.8 x 8.9 in | February 2000 | ISBN: 9780262541091
eBook | $19.00 X | February 2000 | ISBN: 9780262324632
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The Business Link to Sustainable Development


The term "eco-efficiency" describes business activities that create economic value while reducing ecological impact and resource use. This book outlines the principles of eco-efficiency and presents case studies of their application from a number of international companies, including 3M and the Dow Chemical Company. It also discusses the value of partnerships--with other companies, business associations, communities, regulators, and environmental and other nongovernmental groups. In the conclusion, the authors argue that business must become more eco-efficient and that governments need to change the conditions under which business operates, including tax and regulatory regimes, to make them more conducive to eco-efficiency.


“[A] significant shift in business thinking. . . . While the debate on the role of business in environmental leadership will continue, there should be no doubt that the widespread implementation of the authors¹ approach by the business community would deliver benefits for the environment, society, and the economy.”
Paul Gilding, Worldlink"[A] comprehensive and thought-provoking view of the role of business as it moves toward sustainable development.
“An understanding of the businesss value to be gained from the efficent ude of natural resources is an important first step toward sustainability: toward buildinga world in which resources are managed to meet the needs of all people now and in the future. I hope all businesss leaders will read this book and take its message to heart.”
Jonathan Lash, President, World Resources Institute
Eco-Efficiency is more than a book. It contains both a vision and managment tools for a green 21st century. If all business people and policy makers would follow, the world would be better off.”
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacher, President, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environmental and Energy; co-author, Factor Four: Doubling Wealth- Halving Resource Use
“The Eco-Efficiency book, by Livio D. DeSimone and Frank Popoff, is not about theory: it is about action. Through concrete cases. it shows that without commitment and imagination, both economic benefits and environmental improvements can be achieved.”
Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, Director, UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program) Industry and Environement