Are wealth creation and water quality mutually exclusive?

- 8:24 pm - January 3rd, 2018

A traditional view of industrialisation is that it means environmental degradation and pollution, and that such adverse impacts are the inevitable price to be paid for the nation’s wealth generation aspirations.  Newly published evidence indicates the ways that damaging impacts of industrial development can be minimised or prevented.  Designing for industry, ecobusiness parks and industrial estates, is the subtitle of a new book from IWA Publishing “Wealth Creation without Pollution[1].

Some of the historical examples outlined in the opening chapters of this book are shocking  - human fatalities through chronic poisoning, as well as impacts on populations of aquatic life.  So many of the incidents and chronic pollution problems were avoidable too, or the result of gross inefficiency.  Now evidence is available and the authors of the book have sought to set out the various ways future problems can be avoided and risks better managed by good site and estate design, including contingency planning.

The book draws upon journal papers and grey literature, as well as unpublished material.  A pair of parallel Forewords reflect the collaborative effort from Korea and from UK to produce this international book.  The British Foreword is from former Business Secretary in the Coalition Government, and current leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable, and the Korean piece is from Younghoon Kim of the Water Environment Policy Bureau, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea.  The book has been written for anyone interested in the environment, and/or interested in working in industry in any capacity – from economist to chemical or civil engineers, process chemists, or architects and planners.  The history of what can go read is essential reading, matched only by the guidance on how to do business more efficiently and safely in future.

The book comprises 20 chapters, covering material from environmental impacts, ecobusiness parks, and sustainable drainage/low impact development, to regulation and pollution prevention.   The book is international in scope, with contributors from USA to Australia, China and Korea to Britain Germany and the Netherlands.  Each paper has been peer reviewed (30 peer reviewers contributed comments and advice prior to finalising the papers).

BJ D’Arcy, Lee-Hyung Kim and Marla Maniquiz-Redillas (editors) 2nd January 2018.

[1] BJ D’Arcy, Lee-Hyung Kim and Marla Maniquiz-Redillas (eds) (2018), Wealth Creation without Pollution, Designing for industry, ecobusiness parks and industrial estates, IWA Publishing, London. ISBN 9781780408330 (print), ISBN: 9781780408347 (ebook)