The balance method: A holistic approach to enterprise environmental impact assessment [Emilio LaTorre, ISSS 1998 Paper Session, July 20/98]

[Paper session, July 20/98, 3:45 p.m.]

Emilio LaTorre, Professor in Engineering in Cali, Colombia.

Three experiences, working with ...
  1. Concrete industries in Cali, concerned with environmental management planning.
  2. Government agency for a land use plan for a small wetland.
  3. Non-government industries, environmental impact of petroleum companies
Wanted to think about working towards sustainability.


Government and society needs to determine limits to growth (a territorial base), on how many industries can be supported. Then (third) need to add: Thus, balance method:
  1. Industry
  2. Territory
  3. Culture.
Model developed by Jean-Louis Lemoigne.  
Imagination and conception system 
Development plan
Decision and selection system 


Structure and regulation
Information system 


Input --> Operating system --> Output
Unfortunately, industries don't think this way: they think ISO 14001 is sufficient.


Will the balance come from a real representation of people? How are the deliverable handled? Chiapas, clash of cultures with two different frames of reference.

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