Green Industry : Glossary

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  • Smog

    26 September 2001

    Originally a combination of smoke and fog, now used to describe other mixtures of air pollutants, especially ozone and other compounds formed when strong sunlight acts on a mixture of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds from motor vehicle exhaust.

  • Solar thermal energy

    26 September 2001

    Energy produced by using the sun's rays to heat a gas or liquid that then performs useful work, such as powering an electrical generator. Electricity from solar thermal power plants is now nearly competitive in cost with electricity from conventinal fossil-fuel power plants.

  • Stakeholders

    26 September 2001

    Individuals, groups, or businesses that are interested, involved, or affected by a particular action or activity.

  • Stakeholders

    26 September 2001

    Individuals, groups, or businesses that are interested, involved, or affected by a particular action or activity.

  • Utility

    26 September 2001

    A public or private company that supplies a basic service to the general public, such as electricity, gas, or water.

  • Zero-discharge technology

    26 September 2001

    Technology that comprises industrial processes designed to prevent the release of any pollutant harmful to the environment (e.g., recovery of solvents, cleaning rinses, and other chemicals used in manufacturing by collecting them and removing dissolved and suspended materials so the liquids can be reused.

  • Environmental impact

    9 August 2001

    The net change (positive or negative) in human health and the condition of the environment that results from human actions, activities, or development.

  • Environmental Impact Assessment

    9 August 2001

    A process which predicts the magnitude and importance of effects of a proposed activity on the environment, and on human health, and establishes conditions under which the activity may be undertaken. The result of the process may prevent the activity from proceeding if the potential effects are unacceptable.

  • Equitable

    9 August 2001

    Dealing justly and fairly with all those concerned.

  • Full-cost accounting

    9 August 2001

    The process of accounting for and including all environmental, economic, and social costs (and benefits) of a particular action, activity, policy, or development in the decision-making and/or approval process and pricing.