In our course today we were asked to investigate India’s position in terms of its Ecological Economic Efficiency. In our research, we stumbled across this recent article put forward by a joint contribution of Harvard, Princeton, Adelaide University and University of Singapore. The ranking looks at a number of variables such as deforestation, carbon emission levels, habitat conversion, fertilizer use, water pollution, etc.
What surprised me about this research is not only where India stands on a proportional global scale (32th), but where countries like USA (55th), Brazil (68th), Singapore (1st) and Canada (159th)place. The article eventually concludes that as a nations wealth grows, so too does its environmental impact. So if this is true, how can developed countries like the USA and Canada lead the way in implementing sustainable development policies? In other words, what strategies can we a citizens and companies follow to maintain our development, but do so in a sustainable fashion?
I found this article talking about sustainable engineering. One thing it talks about is for Companies to upgrade/replace their manufacturing equipment to more modern and energy efficient machinery. This may be possible for an established company with access to capital, but there has to be a balance between reducing your corporate carbon footprint and allowing developing nations (and enterprise) to develop.
What do you think? Found any interesting articles or points of view?