Eco-Efficiency

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Term or phrase Eco-Efficiency
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Notes A context-free approach to sustainability defined by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in 1992 (Schmidheiny and WBCSD, 1992, p. 10) as follows: “Industry is moving toward ‘demanufacturing’ and ‘remanufacturing’ – that is, recycling the materials in their products and thus limiting the use of raw materials and of energy to convert those raw materials….That this is technically feasible is encouraging; that it can be done profitably is more encouraging. It is the more competitive and successful companies that are at the forefront of what we call ‘eco-efficiency’.” The eco-efficiency of an organization or product is sometimes referred to as the intensity of natural resource (or natural capital) use.
Related terms Context-Free Sustainability, Soft Sustainability, Natural Capital
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