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A Discussion of Eco-Efficiency And Business

Achieving sustainable development will require the cooperation of individuals, communities, governments, and businesses. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (Links to an external site.) (WBCSD) claims that eco-efficiency is "the business contribution to sustainable development." Please address the following questions.

1.) How do you define sustainable development?

2.) Explain why the WBCSD's claim about ecoefficiency may be true.

3.) A WBCSD report (Links to an external site.)noted: "the good news is that eco-efficiency is working in the companies that try it. The troubling news is that it is not being tried on a large enough scale, even though it makes good business sense." Why do you think the eco-efficiency paradigm is not as widely accepted as it perhaps ought to be? What would you suggest to increase the number of companies involved in eco-efficient projects?

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Step 1
Sustainable development is development that satisfied the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Specifically it means that development is conducted without the depletion of natural resources. Sustainable development is a plan for achieving sustainability in any activity that uses resources and where immediate and intergenerational replication is demanded. Sustainable development is about finding better ways of doing things, both for the future and the present.

Step 2
WBCSD's claim about eco-efficiency that it is the business contribution to sustainable development may be true because it encourages businesses to search for environmental improvements ...

Solution Summary

Eco-efficiency is discussed step-by-step in this solution. The response also has the sources used.

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