Sustainable development: contraints or opportunity?
Sustainable development is a concept that has gradually become well known and common place in most industries. However, there is also a great deal to suggest that the phrase is used broadly and with quite different interpretations of what it actually covers. “Sustainable Development” is said to have been launched by the Brundtland Commission, to mean what most people consider it to be back in the first half of the 1980s: “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. It can be said that this definition implies access to and regeneration of resources on one side, and the minimisation or complete prevention of damage to the environment on the other side.