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Ecodesign When the environment and the economy work together

June 1, 2015
François Dupuis, Vice-President and Chief Economist • Joëlle Noreau, Senior Economist

Developing goods and services while preserving the environment is no utopian dream. More and more questions are being asked about the use of resources and the disposal of products when they reach the end of their useful lives. In this context, ecodesign is proving to be worthwhile and is contributing to the economy, both in Quebec and in other parts of the world. Given the explosion in the prices of commodities just prior to the recession, and the increasing scope of the effort required to extract them, is it not appropriate to re-think the way goods in particular, and services, are produced? Here is a brief economic glance at a different way of working and thinking, with a long−term vision.