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'Business as Usual' in the Industrial Age: (Relatively) Lean, Green and Eco-Efficient?


Pierre Desrochers


University of Toronto - Department of Geography; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

Karen Lam


York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

July 7, 2008


Abstract:     
This paper discusses the creation of wealth from polluting waste in market economies before the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first section surveys some early English-language writings on the topic, with particular emphasis on books and monographs that have recently been made accessible online. The remainder of the essay describes historical cases of resource recovery that might be somewhat surprising to modern readers, illustrating in the process that economic profitability and pollution reduction have typically been far more compatible than is now believed.

Keywords: Peter Lund Simmonds, win-win innovation, industrial ecology, industrial symbiosis

JEL Classification: B10, QOO, L20

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Date posted: December 15, 2008  

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Desrochers, Pierre and Lam, Karen, 'Business as Usual' in the Industrial Age: (Relatively) Lean, Green and Eco-Efficient? (July 7, 2008). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1156322

Contact Information

Pierre Desrochers (Contact Author)
University of Toronto - Department of Geography ( email )
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada
(905) 828-5206 (Phone)
(905) 828-5273 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://eratos.erin.utoronto.ca/desrochers/
PERC - Property and Environment Research Center
2048 Analysis Drive
Suite A
Bozeman, MT 59718
United States

Karen Lam
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada
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