Environmental management

Posted: 25 January 2006

In spite of considerable progress by some parts of industry in reducing its environmental footprint over the past decade, pressure on the world's ecosystems continues unabated. Here are some recent trends:

  • Since measurements began in Hawaii in 1959, average carbon dioxide concentrations have risen by more than 19 per cent. In 2002 alone, carbon emissions from US motor petroleum use surpassed those of the entire Japanese economy.

  • Since 1999, Toyota and Honda have sold over 120,000 hybrid vehicles in the US, expected to rise to some 200,000 by 2005.

  • Since 1995, the area of forest meeting internationally recognised principles and criteria of forest management has grown tenfold to approximately 47 million hectares in 60 countries, according to the Forest Stewardship Council. Source: Worldwatch Institute, Vital Signs 2005