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Abstract : The term eco-efficiency refers to the idea of a gradual improvement in the environmental impact of the production of goods, through an increasing reduction in the inputs used for their production, their toxicity to living organisms, and the associated greenhouse gas emissions. This is a key word in the Sustainable Development paradigm. It is exactly the term that seeks to operationalize the central promise of Sustainable Development, which is that the economy can continue on the path of continuous growth, provided that its impact on the environment is modified to some extent. It is therefore understandable that eco-efficiency is a prime target for critical ecology approaches. They see it as one of the main nodes of contradiction in the dominant development paradigm, seeking a correction at the margin of certain processes, in order to better not change what is the essence of the capitalist system: its "fetishism" of growth (Hamilton 2003).
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Pierre Gautreau. Eco-efficience. Dictionnaire critique de l'Anthropocène, 2020. ⟨halshs-02869244⟩



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