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By Nicoline Wrisberg, Helias A. Udo de Haes, Ursula Triebswetter, Peter Eder, R. Clift

The objective of this ebook is to hyperlink call for and provide of environmental info within the box of lifestyles Cycle administration. The publication is predicated at the result of the CHAINET concerted motion financed by way of EU-DGXII for the paintings interval 1998-2000, and is meant to construct bridges among the various medical groups within the box of existence Cycle administration. A dependent procedure is undefined, which means that either call for and provide of environmental details are characterized, and then the 2 are linked.

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And the decision process must be designed to reach a conclusion that is acceptable to as many stakeholders as possible. Decisions without agreed criteria can further be subdivided into cases without specified criteria and into cases with differing criteria. Both cases require some kind of social process either to define the relevant criteria or to encompass the different groups with their own originally defined criteria in order to reach a decision. In the case of differing criteria the social process may result in agreement on more general criteria on a higher level 15 • It is important to distinguish in this context between two different types of social processes: consultation and deliberation.

Voluntary Agreements (VA) Voluntary Agreements (VAs) are commitments undertaken by finns or by industrial organisations to deal with environmental problems. The agreements are made with public authorities or recoguised by the authorities. They may comprise individual finns and/or groups of finns within an industry. VAs have already been in existence in European Union states for some years. The site of the concerted action CAVA (1998) provides bibliographical references on VA. Total Quality Environmental Management (TQEM) TQEM is a concept that enables companies to apply Total Quality Management practices to corporate environmental strategies.

This goal has been adopted by the EU environmental ministers. Eco-efficiency The term eco-efficiency was introduced by the Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD, 1993), now World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). It is defined as follows: "Eco-efficiency is the delivery of competitively-priced goods and services, that satisfy human needs and bring quality of life, whilst progressively reducing ecological impacts and resource intensity throughout the lifecycle, to a level in line with the Earth's estimated carrying capacity".

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