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Industrial Ecology

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) issued by the UN General Assembly aim to globally end all forms of poverty and achieve sustainable development by the year 2030. Natural resource use and environmental impacts are directly or indirectly related to all SDGs, making the field of Industrial Ecology a core discipline for achieving the SDGs. The 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology will investigate the newest insights on how Industrial Ecology can contribute towards achieving the SDGs. Particularly, the conference will focus on methods and approaches for assessing achievements and exploring synergies and tradeoffs between SDGs. For instance, the goal of eliminating hunger requires addressing food production and consumption systems, in conjunction with sustainable management of land, water and energy, as well as consideration of equity. Likewise, effective poverty alleviation and welfare creation often relies on installation or renewal of infrastructure systems, which put additional pressure on natural resources and environmental assets, unless innovative solutions are explored that simultaneously address social, environmental and resource sustainability. With concepts and methods prioritizing sustainable actions in resource management, technological development, and policy-making, Industrial Ecology is uniquely positioned to quantify and resolve such trade-offs, thereby contributing to the ultimate goal to advance well-being of both people and the planet.

Event Location: Les Diablerets Conference Center
Language: English
Event Organiser: Gordon Research

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