A framework to support multiple perspectives in eco-efficiency decisions

Farr, Richard and Arman, Hussam and Gindy, Nabil A framework to support multiple perspectives in eco-efficiency decisions. In: 5th International Conference on Responsive Manufacturing, 11–13 Jan 2010, Ningbo, China.

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Increasingly, it is recognised that human activity is causing our environment to degrade, and that there is a very real danger of doing irreversible damage to natural systems of which we have only a partial understanding. Neither living in, nor doing business in a future world with a degraded environment is desirable, and individuals and businesses alike are increasingly seeking ways to operate on a more sustainable basis.

Sustainability was defined by WCED [1] as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” – but how can this aspiration be translated into specific decisions and actions? This paper describes some of the difficulties that must be overcome in the creation of a decision-support framework for eco-efficiency decisions, in order to ensure that we are targeting the right problems.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Sustainability, measurement, eco-efficiency, green manufacturing
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
Depositing User: Farr, Dr Richard
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2014 11:09
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2016 05:05
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/3285

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