Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives
From an environmental perspective, the elimination of waste represents the ultimate solution to pollution problems that threaten ecosystems at both local and global levels. In addition, full use of raw materials, accompanied by a shift towards renewable sources, means that utilization of the earth's resources can be brought back to sustainable levels.
For industry, Zero Emissions means greater competitiveness and represents a continuation of its inevitable drive towards efficiency. First came productivity of labour and capital, and now comes the complete use of raw materials - producing more from less. Zero Emissions can therefore be viewed as a standard of efficiency, much like Total Quality Management (zero defects) and Just-In- Time (zero inventory).
For governments, the full use of raw materials creates new industries and generates jobs even as it raises productivity. Moreover, it provides the means to feed, clothe and house their populations without destroying the ability of future generations to do the same.