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Thursday, 23 May 2013
A typical situation: Let’s say his name is Michael, working for a medium sized production company, trained as an engineer and responsible for running the operation smoothly and efficient. Approximately 30% of his working time Michael uses for environment, health and safety issues, related to regulations and reporting. The company is facing challenges like high energy cost, rising cost for primary ...One Umberto Competence Center is located at the TU Braunschweig.
It is no secret, that the Earth's resource base is on a declining track. In the 1970s, the Club of Rome started to rivet public attention towards "natural resource restrictions" - we all remember the legendary "limits to growth" (also see its 30-year update [PDF]), a corner stone of sustainable development. Some of the well-established industrialized countries have become a little greener since then. However, in the course of the last 20 years, a number of emerging economies joined us in their hunger for raw materials. As a consequence, we face an increase of resource scarcity. Economically s...