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Toward a universal measure of enivronmental disturbance

Author: Ayres, Robert U. ; Schmidt-Bleek, F. B.INSEAD Area: Economics and Political Science Series: Working Paper ; 93/36/EPS Publisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD Centre for the Management of Environmental and Social Responsibility (CMER) 1993.Language: EnglishDescription: 16 p.Type of document: INSEAD Working Paper Online Access: Click here Abstract: In the recent years the environment has increasingly been seen (and treated) as a collection of unrelated components or subsystems, rather than as an indivisible whole. This reductionist trend is dangerous. To counteract it, there is a need for simple, universal measures of the aggregate (direct and indirect) environmental disturbance associated with any given economic activity or product. Three candidates are discussed ; energy flux, materials flux, and entropy flux... It will be necessary to gather a great deal of data and compare the alternative measures in a number of specific applications. However, one significant insight arising from preliminary work is that the importance of materials fluxes has been seriously underestimated : a clear goal of government policy and business strategy should be to encourage "dematerialization" of products and services
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In the recent years the environment has increasingly been seen (and treated) as a collection of unrelated components or subsystems, rather than as an indivisible whole. This reductionist trend is dangerous. To counteract it, there is a need for simple, universal measures of the aggregate (direct and indirect) environmental disturbance associated with any given economic activity or product. Three candidates are discussed ; energy flux, materials flux, and entropy flux... It will be necessary to gather a great deal of data and compare the alternative measures in a number of specific applications. However, one significant insight arising from preliminary work is that the importance of materials fluxes has been seriously underestimated : a clear goal of government policy and business strategy should be to encourage "dematerialization" of products and services

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