Innovation by Nabil Nasr
Industrial Engineer's quarterly column about sustainability and innovation (December 2011)
Export sustainable manufacturing ideas
My last IE magazine column in September explored one inescapable outcome of worldwide population growth and rising consumption and consumer expectations: the need for increases in global manufacturing to provide adequately for Earth’s more than 9 billion inhabitants by 2050. Ramping up production significantly over time will not be simple or easy, particularly if we hope to avoid a repetition of the environmental challenges of the last century, such as unrestrained use of raw materials, excess energy consumption and pollution of our land, water and air.
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