|2||Round Table 2|| Tuesday, 2 December 2003, 09:00-11:00 CET |
Conference Room B
|Industry and Environment - |
The Need for a New Industrial Revolution
The second Round Table on Industry and Environment addressed the issues related to another important MDG, namely ensuring environmental sustainability.
Ever since the publication of the Brutland Report in 1987, there have been calls to radically rethink the relationship between industry and environment and to change the current and unsustainable patterns of production and consumption in order to preserve the productive capacity of natural ecosystems for future generations. The Round Table discussed the relatively new ideas put forward under the titles of "Natural Capitalism" and "Cradle to Cradle", which plead for circular flows of materials, and for a move towards the use of non-fossil-carbon energy sources.
The applicability of these somewhat radical programmes in the situations prevailing in the developing countries were among the major topics of discussion.