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The present publication is the final report on Business, eco-efficiency and sustainable development: The role of environmental tools: an international workshop organized by INETI, the Portuguese DG for Industry and the European Commission.

Business has reconciled the need for sustainable development with the demand of competitiveness through the concept of eco-efficiency. This is business-friendly and has led to the identification of many cost-effective pollution prevention schemes and other environmental improvements.

Nonetheless, more needs to be done. Economic growth is still increasing energy and resource consumption and action is required to decouple them. One question is whether current taxation structures and subsidy schemes encourage unsustainable resource consumption. The social and cultural dimensions of sustainable development have also received less business attention than the environmental dimension.

Addressing these challenges requires greater innovation by business. Governments can encourage such innovation by setting long-term sustainability targets. This requires appropriate policy instruments, which set a direction but allow business more flexibility in getting there than traditional command-and-control approaches.

The conference presentations and discussions covered all the three pillars of sustainable development (economic development, environmental protection and social inclusion) with a focus on the role of environmental management tools in helping to achieve these objectives. ctives.

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Authors: JAMES P (EDITOR), University of Bradford (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: NB-34-00-362-EN-C (2001), pp.104. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from Documentation Centre DG Enterprise Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200 (SC-15 00/51) %B-1049 Brussels Fax: +32-2-2969930
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-1628-9
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