ECO8012 Tools and Techniques for Sustainable Development
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This subject provides an introduction to specific tools and techniques through which individuals, businesses and governments might partly realise their responsibilities to bring forward a just transition to sustainable development. Three categories of tools and techniques are identified: (1) private sector tools and techniques applicable at process, product and systems levels within households and firms, (2) public sector tools and techniques applicable nationally to help implement sustainable development praxis, and (3) holistic design and cognitive capacity building tools and techniques which generally inform both implementation of, and response to, public and private sector tools and techniques. Private sector tools addressed might include financial tools e.g. green investment, process tools e.g. clean and green production, product tools e.g. life cycle analysis, procurement tools e.g. green purchasing, and measuring tools e.g. climate tracking, carbon footprinting. Public sector topics might include but not be limited to environmental impact assessment, climate change tracking, carbon trading and carbon taxation. Holistic design and cognitive capacity topics covered may include but not be limited to integrative green management, environmental risk management, integrated sustainable performance and design for environment.