The limits of technological solutions to sustainable development

@article{Huesemann2003TheLO,
  title={The limits of technological solutions to sustainable development},
  author={Michael H. Huesemann},
  journal={Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy},
  year={2003},
  volume={5},
  pages={21-34}
}
  • M. Huesemann
  • Published 1 March 2003
  • Economics
  • Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy
Sustainable development has been defined by political and corporate leaders as the combination of environmental protection and economic growth. As a result, the concept of eco-efficiency has been promoted as the primary tool for achieving industrial sustainability.However, there are at least four reasons why technological improvements in eco-efficiency alone will be insufficient to bring about a transition to sustainability. First, considering that the very foundations of western industrial… 

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