This book has evolved from a research project carried out by the Stockholm Environment Institute into industrial environmental management. The aim of that project was to draw together experts in the field from all over the world, and to pool their technical and visionary expertise in such a way as to draw out a coherent and detailed picture of the new 'preventive' environmental strategy. A previous publication (Jackson, 1993) has collected together the individual technical contributions which furnished the basis for that task. This book attempts to provide an overview of the emerging vision, in a form which is accessible to a wider audience. Because it has been written by a single author, it is inevitable that this vision will remain to some extent personal. At the same time, I have attempted in what follows to synthesise some kind of consensus from the individual contributions to the SEI project and could not proceed without expressing my profound gratitude for the intellectual input of those who have contributed to that consensus.
My thanks are due to all those who participated in two international workshops on preventive environmental management, and contributed to the technical papers which formed the basis for this work. I am indebted to Dr Brian Wynne, Research Director at the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change in Lancaster University (CSEC) for his collaboration in the early stages of the project, and to all those at SEI who made that project possible: Professor Gordon Goodman, who provided the initial stimulus for action, Professor Michael Chadwick for his unwavering personal and intellectual support, Dr Lars Kristoferson for his expert advice and guidance, Arno Rosemarin and Heli Pohjolainen for their expertise in the publication department, Solveig
Nielsson, Cecilia Ruben and Gertrud Wollin for invaluable help and support during the two international seminars.
I am grateful for the financial support of the Stockholm Environment Institute, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering during the preparation of this book. Thanks are also due to Sarah Lloyd and Matthew Smith at Routledge for their support and enthusiasm throughout, and to Penny Jackson for preparing the figures and diagrams.
I owe a particular debt of gratitude to those who have generously committed time and energy to critical discussions and reviews of the material in the book: Kate Burningham, Michael Chadwick, Julian Clift, Roland Clift, David Fleming, David Gee, Michael Jacobs, John Jackson, Mark Jackson, Richard Jackson, Joanne Jordan, Alex MacGillivray, Nic Marks, Colin Sweet and Jim Sweet.
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