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Last Edit Date 2018-06-20

Eco-efficiency means :

SDABC2015.png The ABC for Sustainable Cities - A glossary for policy makers. 1st edition (2015)

Eco-efficiency is a management philosophy that encourages business to search for environmental improvements that yield parallel economic benefits. It focuses on business opportunities and allows companies to become more environmentally responsible and more profitable. It is a key business contribution to sustainable societies. Eco-efficiency is achieved by the delivery of competitively priced goods and services that satisfy human needs and bring quality of life, while progressively reducing ecological impacts and resource intensity throughout the life-cycle to a level at least in line with the earth’s estimated carrying capacity. (1)

The density of population and socio-economic activities that characterise most cities can lead to efficiency gains and technological innovation through the proximity of economic activities while reducing resource and energy consumption. Urban infrastructure including streets, railways, water, and sewage systems come at considerably lower cost per unit as urban density rises. (2)

(1) World Business Council for Sustainable Development ( MTgwMjc); (2) UNEP 2011, Green Economy Report