Measuring Sustainable Production

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Most people support sustainable development without knowing what it is. What exactly are sustainable consumption and sustainable production, and how are these practices identified?  This volume reviews the state-of-the-art in measuring sustainable production processes in industry. It includes metrics developed by business, trade unions, academics, NGOs, and the OECD and IEA. These measurement approaches cover the "triple bottom line" (economic, environmental and social dimensions) of industrial sustainability.

In the Same Series

Subsidy Reform and Sustainable Development: Political Economy Aspects

Subsidy Reform and Sustainable Development: Economic, Environmental and Social Aspects

Institutionalising Sustainable Development


Further Reading

Measuring Sustainable Development: Integrated Economic, Environmental and Social Frameworks



Using Environmental Accounts

Unsustainable patterns of consumption and production, particularly in industrialised countries, are a major cause of global environmental degradation. This statement made by the United Nations in 1992 in the ground breaking Agenda 21 was the seed of what 15 years on has become a major area of international and European policy. Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) – an economy wide search for more environmentally sustainable production processes and consumption behaviour – is a key priority area in the renewed EU Sustainable Development Strategy and is the theme of a future EU Action Plan.


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