© 2001

Ahead of the Curve

Cases of Innovation in Environmental Management

  • Ken Green
  • Peter Groenewegen
  • Peter S. Hofman

Part of the Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science book series (ECOE, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-4
  2. Ken Green, Peter Groenewegen, Peter S. Hofman
    Pages 5-17
  3. Lee Byung-Wook
    Pages 63-75
  4. Geerten J. I. Schrama
    Pages 77-91
  5. Edwin R. Stafford, Cathy L. Hartman
    Pages 107-131
  6. Frank-Martin Belz
    Pages 133-141
  7. Minna Halme, Zinaida Fadeeva
    Pages 143-163
  8. Graham Spinardi, Robin Williams
    Pages 165-191
  9. Lloyd Dale, Phil Gamlen, Ken Green
    Pages 211-223
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 241-241

About this book


The debate on sustainable production often ends in discussions on the feasibility of far-reaching changes in relation to the competitiveness of companies. Industry itself and policy-makers tend to back away from engaging in profound processes of industrial transformation. Examples of companies who have voluntarily moved beyond what is seen as 'reasonable' and 'feasible' can overcome this deadlock. This book collects a fine sample of companies who have taken up their responsibility in this respect. To quote the editors of this book: "They are cases that might provide other firms and policy-makers with ideas for innovative environmental responses that are outside the slowly rising trend of improvement that we are currently observing: in short, the cases are of firms and ideas that are ahead of the curve". The editors and many of the authors of this volume are members of the Greening of Industry Network and have been debating with one another for years. Founded in 1991, the Greening of Industry Network comprises over 1500 individuals representing academia, business, public interest, labor and government from more than 50 countries. Participants work together to build policies and strategies toward creating a sustainable future through many vehicles -- coordinating research efforts, publications, planning and participating in workshops, public forums and conferences. To provide benefit to broader society, the Network stimulates public dialogue and brings together academic researchers from many disciplines with other stakeholders who traditionally do not work together in coalitions.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ken Green
    • 1
  • Peter Groenewegen
    • 2
  • Peter S. Hofman
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Science and TechnologyUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.Free University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Center for Clean Technology and Environmental PolicyUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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