|NATO/CCMS Pilot Study, Clean Products and Processes (Phase I), 2001 Annual Report, Number 253 (120 pp, 3.34 MB) (EPA/625/CR-02/003) April 2002
The Committee on the Challenges to Modern Society (CCMS) was established by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 1969. The mission of CCMS is to develop meaningful programs to share information among countries on important environmental and societal issues that complement other international efforts and to provide leadership in solving specific problems facing modern society. A fundamental role for CCMS is the transfer of technological and scientific solutions among nations facing similar environmental challenges.
The goal of reaching sustainable development is an increasingly important aspiration for the nations of the world. With increasing populations demanding improved standards of living comes increasing industrialization and production. Also, with an expanding global marketplace and the explosion of information technology, social pressure on industries to become "greener" is increasing. The challenge to nations and industries is the achievement of sustainability, while successfully competing in a global marketplace.
The United States, represented by EPA's National Risk Management Research Laboratory, established and is leading this CCMS pilot study on Clean Products and Processes to create an international forum for open discussion on applying cleaner industrial processes and producing cleaner products around the globe. By discussing, debating, and sharing current trends, developments, and expertise in the use of cleaner technologies and the production of cleaner products, this pilot study will stimulate productive interactions among international experts, leading to effective technology transfer.
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