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Introduction

BySustainable Industrial Development 1

There is currently a great deal of debate on the meaning and measures of global sustainable industrial development. These debates may not be resolved in our generation, but it is important to understand that there is agreement on a common objective — the broad and oft-quoted Brundtland Commission statement that the needs of the present should not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. That said — and who could disagree with it? — there is lively disagreement on ways to get there and what the roles are of industrial actors, regulators and the public in sustainable industrial development. It is the view of this book that ISO 14001 is in itself an inadequate tool to achieve sustainable industrial development. Moreover, in its creation it ignored a decade of process and content experience in international environmental decision-making that will be very difficult to incorporate now that the standard is in place.