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

Posted: 15 Dec 2008  

Pierre Desrochers

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

Karen Lam

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: 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

Suggested Citation

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

Pierre Desrochers (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Department of Geography ( email )

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Karen Lam

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

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Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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