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Business & Design Innovation - Natural Capitalism 16 Items
Journal or Magazine Article, 2009
This paper analyzes human's historical and contemporary responses to the biological environment.
This document provides guidance for communities that are attempting to grow economically regardless of physical size. The guide lists dozens of ways communities are tapping their potential today through natural capitalism. [Originally published in 2001; updated in 2007]
Journal or Magazine Article, 2005
This paper makes an economic argument against the use of nuclear power. Despite strong governmental support, nuclear power is unfinancible in the private capital market. Nuclear power worldwide has less installed capacity and generates less electricity than its decentralized no- and low-carbon competitors—one-third renewables (excluding big hydroelectric dams), two-thirds fossil-fueled combined-heat-and power. In 2004, these rivals added nearly three times as much output and six times as much capacity as nuclear power added; by 2010, industry forecasts this sixfold ratio to widen to 136–184 as nuclear orders fade, then nuclear capacity gradually disappears as aging reactors retire. These comparisons don’t count more efficient use of electricity, which isn’t being tracked, but efficiency gains plus decentralized sources now add at least ten times as much capacity per year as nuclear power.
Empirical data also confirm that these competing technologies not only are being deployed an order of magnitude faster than nuclear power, but ultimately can become far bigger. Full deployment of these very cost-effective competitors could provide ~13–15 times nuclear power’s current 20% share of electric generation—all without significant land-use, reliability, or other constraints. Expanding nuclear power would both reduce and retard the desired decrease in CO2 emissions.
Report or White Paper, 2004
This report summarizes RMI’s recommendations to the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission for regenerating the environment, economy, and community of the Cuyahoga River Valley.
In this lecture given at Stanford University, Amory Lovins presents his theories on sustainable development. He argues that the efficient use of energy is a fundamental driver of sustainable development because it is part of the proper allocation of financial capital on the scale of the macroeconomy. Lovins provides several examples of the ways in which companies have created energy efficient, money saving products. He also provides case studies of solutions to development challenges. Some of these solutions include plugging needless leaks of money out of the local and national economy; substituting efficient use and local resources in order to help businesses survive downturns; helping local businesses to modernize, diversify, and expand before seeking new ones; and nurturing local startups that will meet local goals; recruit outside businesses in a smart way that advances the community’s goals and yields net benefits, not just gross benefits.
Report or White Paper, 2001
L. Hunter Lovins and Walter Link presented this paper to the 2001 UN Regional Roundtable for Europe and North America. In it, the authors outline the steps that need to be taken to implement sustainable development and what barriers stand in the way of those changes.
Journal or Magazine Article, 2001
This is a brief summary of the principles of natural capitalism with case studies illustrating how natural capitalism can be implemented in business environments to save energy and money. The principles discussed are biomimicry, reinvestment in natural capital, radical resource productivity, and service and flow economy. This article describes companies that are increasing profits without increasing energy use. Lovins argues that natural capitalism will subsume industrial capitalism into its new paradigm much as industrial capitalism subsumed agrarianism and that natural capitalism can help reverse the decline in jobs, security, hope, and satisfaction.
Journal or Magazine Article, 2001
This is a Spanish language version of a brief summary of the principles of natural capitalism with case studies illustrating how natural capitalism can be implemented in business environments to save energy and money. The principles discussed are biomimicry, reinvestment in natural capital, radical resource productivity, and service and flow economy. This article describes companies that are increasing profits without increasing energy use. Lovins argues that natural capitalism will subsume industrial capitalism into its new paradigm much as industrial capitalism subsumed agrarianism and that natural capitalism can help reverse the decline in jobs, security, hope, and satisfaction. [In Spanish]
In this letter published in Science
, Amory Lovins responds to an editorial by Roger Beachy promoting the benefits of genetically modified foods. In his response, Lovins argues that there are negative ecological implications of genetically modified food and that it amounts to redesigning evolution.
Journal or Magazine Article, 2000
This article is a primer on the concepts of natural capitalism. The authors explain the four principles of natural capitalism: increase resource productivity, eliminate waste, create service and flow, and invest in natural capital. The article explains each of the principles and provides examples of how corporations can apply them to their business models and make a profit. The authors argue that natural capitalism implemented in a company creates an extraordinary outpouring of energy, initiative, and enthusiasm at all levels. It removes the contradiction between what people do at work and what they want for their families when they go home.