Materials technologies for sustainable production and products
In order to understand the real challenges for sustainable production, we need to understand the bigger picture. Our human ecological footprint overshoots earth’s carrying capacity. In simple terms: we act as if we have more than one planet to live on. We use more resources and produce higher levels of greenhouse gases, toxics and non-degradable waste than this planet has the capacity and the time to, respectively, regenerate or assimilate. Nevertheless, respecting these ecological limits (sources and sink capacity) is the non-negotiable basis for our social and economic development (1). Hence, sustainable production is a must, whether we like it or not, and companies that invest now in sustainable production will be leading our future economy.
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