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  NATO/CCMS Pilot Study, Clean Products and Processes (Phase I), 1998 Annual Report, Number 230 (70 pp, 192 KB) (EPA/600/R-98/065) June 1998

The Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization established the Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS) in 1969. CCMS was charged with developing meaningful programs to share information among countries on environmental and societal issues that complement other international endeavors and to provide leadership in solving specific problems of the human environment. A fundamental precept of CCMS involves the transfer of technological and scientific solutions among nations with similar environmental challenges.

The concept of sustainable development, universally accepted as the means of protecting the environment for all humankind, demands that future manufacturing technologies be cleaner, and yet economically sound. With continued industrialization, improvements in the standard of living among nations, and the increase in globalization of markets and the means of production, all nations are facing similar environmental challenges in their manufacturing sectors.

This pilot, called “Clean Products and Processes,” created an international forum where current trends, developments, and know-how in cleaner technologies and tools for measuring their cleanliness can be discussed, debated, and shared. Through annual meetings, this pilot will help stimulate productive interactions among experts, with the expected benefits of effective technology transfer.

The first meeting, held in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 23–26, 1998, was devoted to creating an agenda for the pilot. Delegates expressed their views on factors and developments that embody clean manufacturing products and processes. There were several guest lectures on significant developments in government programs, and academic and industrial efforts. The significant views expressed by the delegates are all summarized in this report.


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