Technology foresight and cleaner production in a highly polluted industrial area

B.H. Jørgensen, C. Buckley

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    Abstract

    This paper focuses on the potential of technology foresight to promote cleaner methods of production in the highly polluted industrial area of South Durban
    Basin in South Africa. It builds on the assumption that technologies are the central factor in the pursuit of sustainable development. It takes into consideration the experiences already gained within technology foresight exercises at national level in South Africa as well as various cleaner production activities at sectoral level. Most importantly, it tries to take into account the
    multiple localised capabilities and efforts in environmental protection and economic development in the eThekwini Municipality. The paper argues that
    technology foresight offers a reflexive process. This process simultaneously addresses the triple (economic, social and environmental) bottom lines of sustainability. At the same time, it creates a spiral learning process in which various stakeholders are brought together to assess both the likely impact of technologies and the interrelationship of industry, technology, regulation and
    civil society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationRoskilde
    PublisherRisø National Laboratory
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Print)87-550-3394-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    SeriesDenmark. Forskningscenter Risoe. Risoe-R
    Number1490(EN)
    ISSN0106-2840

    Keywords

    • Risø-R-1490
    • Risø-R-1490(EN)

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