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One of the lessons I took back home after my week’s stay in California is that there is a lot happening in the USA on “sustainability entrepreneurship”. During an inspiring dinner meeting with some friends of the Global Footprint Network, we discussed about several exciting start-ups which have introduced “ecological constraints thinking” into their business… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

A system-wide financial crisis, food insecurity, supply chain disruptions and climate and energy chaos are the four major global risks for the coming year according to a report released on 9 January by the World Economic Forum. The report “Global Risks 2008” comes two weeks before the yearly WEF meeting in Davos and highlights most… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Last week when I was talking to Belgian academic students about the EU’s sustainable development strategy (SDS), I got serious flack from a DG environment official when I stated that the EU does not have a real policy on sustainable development. What the EU has, is the business-as-usual economic growth strategy with a bit of… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Here, that is, in our own “developed” world and not only in those countries which are traditionally being identified as “developing” countries (the now politically incorrect “third world” in the past). As the economic growth successes and the consumption abundance of our developed countries have been bought on the back of rapid over-exploitation of the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

One of the tragedies of our times is that countries which are lifting themselves out of poverty are doing this by making exactly the same mistakes Western economies made in the past. For all the talk in political circles of our current development not being sustainable, nobody really seems to give a shit. Like lemmings we… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

One of the tragedies of our times is that countries which are lifting themselves out of poverty are doing this by making exactly the same mistakes Western economies made in the past. For all the talk in political circles of our current development not being sustainable, nobody really seems to give a shit. Like lemmings we… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

“Not an environment scare story” is the ironic title of the Independent’s coverage of the fourth Global Environment Outlook: environment for development (GEO-4) assessment published by the United Nations Environment Programme on 25 October. The report makes indeed for some pretty dire reading. Climate change, population explosion, declining availablity of water, biodiversity loss, growing pollution… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Europe’s economic growth is producing more carbon emissions but this is not making us happier, according to a new European Happy Planet Index presented by UK think tank New Economics Foundation (nef) yesterday. “What is the point if we burn vast quantities of fossil fuels to make, buy and consume ever more stuff without noticeably… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The chemical industry is surely one of the key sectors of our global economy but has come under severe criticism in the last decennia because of the unsustainable trends of its products and production processes. The industry has been slow to react to consumers’ loss of confidence and has battled hard to ward off legislative… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The European Commission will prepare an action plan for a “sustainable industrial policy” by early 2008. This is one of the promises in the mid-term review of the EU’s industrial policy presented on 4 July. This sustainable industry policy will be based on three basic principles: “Stimulate the development and commercialisation of low carbon and… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer