Cleaner Production Worldwide - Volume II

United Nations Environment Programme (1995)

Cleaner production is a broad term that encompasses the concepts of waste minimization, waste avoidance, pollution prevention and other similar terms. It includes initiatives such as better management and housekeeping, substitutions for toxic and hazardous materials, process and product modifications and internal reuse of waste products. It is, as its definition suggests, 'the continuous use of industrial processes and products and services to prevent pollution and reduce wastes at their source'. Companies in all regions of the world - in both developing and developed economies, and in all industrial and service sectors - are practising cleaner production. This booklet demonstrates that there are no geographic, economic, or sectorial barriers to firms interested in adopting cleaner production. Seventeen countries of both developed and developing economies, and IS sectors, are represented here.

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