We are witnessing an increased interest to ensure that future generations have adequate resources to maintain a high standard of living. The World Commission on Environment and Development defines sustainable development as, Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations to meet their own needs. According to the US National Research Council, it is the level of human consumption and activity, which can continue into the foreseeable future, so that the system that provides goods and services to the humans persists indefinitely. Others have argued that any definition of sustainability should include dynamic efficiency throughout the lifecycle of a product, process and service, should consist of total welfare (accounting for intergenerational equity) and should represent consumption of market and non-market goods and services. It is important to understand that sustainability is a global issue. There are many definitions of sustainability suggested by various stakeholders, but we generally agree with the following observation by Daniel Sitarz : In the final analysis however, agreeing on a formal definition of the term is not as important as coming to agreement on a vision of a sustainable world.
Citation: International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management
Pub Type: Journals
sustainable manufacturing, sustainable products and services