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

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

2 © John Ehrenfeld Sustainable Development is 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 Sustainable Development Equity EnvironmentEconomy

3 © John Ehrenfeld Rebound effect R1 Sustainable development is a quick fix with subsequent pathologies. Reducing Unsustainability Does Not Create Sustainability B2 Delay Systemic Solution Sustainability Path Unsustainability Eco-efficiency B1 Sustainable Development Path

4 © John Ehrenfeld Sustainability is radically different from sustainable development.

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

6 © John Ehrenfeld The Natural Domain The Ethical Domain The Tao of Sustainability Sustainability Recovering the lost domains by design The Human Domain

7 © John Ehrenfeld Sustainability Frameworks 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)

8 © John Ehrenfeld Sustainability Strategies Depend on the Business  Primary resource manufacturers  Symbiotic transfer of by-products  Secondary material converters  Front- and back-end involvement in symbioses  Business-to-business manufacturers  Eco-efficient products  Product service systems  Industrial symbiosis  Consumer products manufacturers  Eco-efficient products and services  Presencing products

9 © John Ehrenfeld Sustainability Strategies Require New Practices  Enabling/incentivizing policies  EPR/WEEE  Cooperation and communication to facilitate symbiotic partnerships  Participatory design practices  Precaution and adaptive designs/management

10 © John Ehrenfeld 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 © John Ehrenfeld Sustainability won’t wait forever.


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