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Sustainable Production

  • By: Abigail R. Clarke-Sather, Timothy L. Jenkins, Karl R. Haapala & John W. Sutherland
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Sustainable production is the process of creating goods and services that are both environmentally and socially responsible in addition to being economically successful. The geographical effects of sustainable production are ubiquitous, from the transport of goods and the location of facilities to the effects of industry on people and the environment. The motivation for sustainable production, approaches to implementation, frameworks for consideration, and ongoing efforts are all described in this entry.

Motivation for Sustainable Production

Environmental, economic, and social concerns have catalyzed the development of methods, tools, and techniques for sustainable production. Industry-related environmental disasters, such as the deaths from the release of methyl isocyanate gas in Bhopal, India (1984), and the widespread publicity of the hole in the stratospheric ozone layer in the 1980s caused by ...

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