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Eco-Efficiency Task Force
Eco-Efficiency refers to the delivery of competitively priced goods and
services through processes and systems which continuously reduce
environmental impact and resource intensity while contributing to social
well-being. The purpose of the Eco-Efficiency Task Force is to develop
and recommend to the Council a strategy for making eco-efficiency and
sustainable development standard business practice in American industry.
The Task Force is exploring how changes in economic, regulatory, statutory
and other policies will result in a transition to an economy in which the
constituents provide for their needs and those of future generations
through efficient and environmentally responsible practices.
The Eco-Efficiency Task Force is accomplishing its goals in the following
Identifying and involving a broad range of stakeholders including
industry, government, nongovernmental organizations, labor, environmental
and community groups.
Conducting demonstration projects that illustrate the links between
economic and environmental efficiency throughout product chains and
Developing policy options and tools to promote integrated
solutions to environmental, economic and social equity concerns.
Merging the findings of the demonstration projects and policy papers
to develop recommendations encouraging the adoption and implementation of
sustainable practices. These recommendations will cover the statutory,
regulatory, administrative, cultural, financial and technical policy and
The Eco-Efficiency Task Force has three work tracks encompassing goals,
demonstration projects, and policy options. The work products of these
three tracks will be integrated in the form of policy recommendations and
submitted to the full Council by March 31, 1995. The Task Force's final
report, to be prepared by April 30, 1995, will document the lessons
learned, background analysis and demonstration project findings.
Through a participatory negotiation process, the Eco-Efficiency Task Force
identified six goals for submission to the full Council. The Task Force
also developed the following vision statement to provide a context for the
goals and to better define the ends they are designed to achieve.
The U.S. economy shall produce and use globally competitive goods and
services while achieving environmental and social goals. This vision will
result in a transition to an economy in which the constituents (e.g.,
people and businesses) provide for their needs and those of future
generations through efficient and environmentally responsible practices.
The four policy clusters are organized to address broad, cross-cutting
issues and constitute the "HOW TO" component of the Task Force work.
Approximately 25 policy papers are being developed that will address
information-based, regulatory, incentive, economic, and management policy
options to be used to achieve sustainable development.
Six demonstration projects are nearing completion and will provide early
conclusions and draft recommendations. The demonstration studies, while
presenting the technical findings and analysis, are also closely linked to
the policy recommendations and goals work of the Task Force. The
demonstrations provide immediate and vivid illustration of the barriers or
incentives to accomplishing the Task Force goals. The demonstration
projects involve the auto, chemical, and printing/small business
industries, as well as four eco-industrial park sites.
Task Force Council Membership
Carol M. Browner, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection
A. D. Correll, Chairman and CEO, Georgia-Pacific Corporation
Fred D. Krupp, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund
Dr. D. James Baker, Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere,
U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Richard Barth, President, Chair and CEO, Ciba-Geigy Corporation
Ronald H. Brown, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
David T. Buzzelli, Vice President and Corporate Director of
Environment, Health and Safety, and Public Affairs, The Dow Chemical
Kenneth T. Derr, Chairman and CEO, Chevron Corporation
Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, Co-Chair, Citizens' Network for
William Hoglund, Executive Vice President (ret.), General
Samuel C. Johnson, Chairman, S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc.
Hazel R. O'Leary, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy