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Environmental technologies – from misleading interpretations to an operational categorisation & definition

2007

United Nations University

Environmental technology (ET) has become a catchphrase during the past decades. Nevertheless, an operational definition is not yet plain, allowing manufacturers and engineers to add to their technologies the supplement “environmental” whenever they feel it is appropriate – eve...

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Integrative approaches towards Zero Emissions regional planning: synergies of concepts

2007

United Nations University

This paper presents four strategic approaches for sustainable regional development: The Natural Step Framework, Zero Emissions, Eco-Industrial Parks, and The Rocky Mountains Institute's Economic Renewal program. Analysis against the requirements of regional planning shows a gr...

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E-waste Volume I: Inventory Assessment Manual

2007

United Nations Environment Programme

This is a first manual on WEEE/ E-waste which is prepared as a guidance document to support WEEE/E-waste inventorisation and assessment risks involved. The “Definition” of WEEE/Ewaste varies across the continents and countries. These definitions have been discussed to assist p...

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E-waste Management Manual: Volume 2

2007

United Nations Environment Programme

International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) of Division of Technology, Industry and Technology (DTIE) of UNEP is assisting member countries on International Solid Waste Management. IETC IETC is also focusing on WEEE/E-waste management as a part of ISWM. As an initial ...

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Towards a sustainable society: United Nations University's Zero Emissions Approach

2007

United Nations University

Through the Zero Emissions lens, material cycles from intake to emissions should be managed as a holistic system. Thus, the primary focus is the intake of natural resources within renewable limits and final emissions within acceptable limits. This implies the optimization thro...

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Report on the Survey of the Import and ESM of Electronic Wastes in the Asia-Pacific Region

2005

Secretariat of the Basel Convention

BCRC China implemented the project, entitled “Survey of the import and the environmentally sound management of electronic wastes in Asia-Pacific Region” funded by the Basel Convention Trust Fund for 2003-2004 and Environment Canada. The participating countries into the project...

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Strategic sustainable development — selection, design and synergies of applied tools

2002

United Nations University

The number of tools and approaches to develop sustainability is growing rapidly. Sometimes they are presented as if they are contradictory or in competition. However, a systems approach consistent with basic principles and the requirements of sustainability shows that these to...

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