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Dear Subscribers

I am pleased to write to you via IBS-GEN@MSIAS.IAS.UNU.EDU - the new site for the Integrated Bio-Systems mailing list.

All of you have received the "Usage guidelines for IBS-GEN" as well as the notification message from the L-Soft Listserver at UNU/IAS which also provides some information and directions on how to use and obtain more information about using LISTSERV mailing lists. If you have any questions regarding the use of LISTSERV commands, please feel free to write to me (

I am now preparing the mailing list on IBS for beer breweries and creating a new group for IBS for coffee industry. These will enable more in-depth discussions on how integrated bio-systems can be designed to convert unsustainable industrial processes into productive and environmentally sound activities. There are future opportunities for electronic networking and information exchange on other agro-industries and I hope that we will be able to create lists for these industries with the assistance of some of you. Please contact me if you can help.

best regards,

Mr. Eng-Leong Foo, Institute of Advanced Studies, United Nations Univ. Tokyo. Email:

The Zero Emissions Research Initiative

The Zero Emissions Research Initiative (ZERI) was founded at the UNU in 1994 on the hypothesis that, in order to achieve environmentally sustainable development, industries must maximize the use of available raw materials and utilize their own wastes and by-products to the fullest extent possible so as to eliminate all emissions into the air, water, and soil. The UNU/ZERI project searches for creative solutions to convert all wastes and under-utilized resources from industries into value-added products, thus creating production processes which are more energy- and resource-efficient and establishing new environmentally sustainable industries. In addition, it searches for industrial clustering setups conducive to establishing closed cycles of materials and products. UNU/ZERI reassesses the corporate role in meeting the challenges of sustainable development and has already concluded, on the basis of its industrial clustering model, that what is normally considered waste output from one industry can be used as a key input for another industry. The ultimate objective of the project is to achieve zero industrial emissions.

The UNU/ZERI project is envisaged as a ten-year programme of training, research, and pilot scale projects of industry clusters. The research programme involves a multidisciplinary study of systems and new technologies which can convert industrial wastes into zero emissions activities. Research focuses on what are considered to be four central components of zero emissions industries:

(i) integrated biosystems;

(ii) materials separation technologies;

(iii) molecular design and re-engineering; and

(iv) zero emissions systems design.

Each area involves the closure of waste loops, the organization of local training and the improvement of research capabilities, the establishment of international multidisciplinary networks of experts from relevant fields, and the use of project sites for demonstrations, training, and the further development of projects with other agencies.

Contact: Mr. Gunter Pauli ( Director of ZERI

Subject: moving list to

To subscribers of

As the host site at the Science University of Technology is closing down, I have moved this list to the host site of Institute of Advanced Studies, United Nations University, Tokyo. The list now uses L-Soft's LISTSERV, a popular mail distribution list software that services some 3 million people in the world from different sites.

Users new to the use of L-Soft's LISTSERV are encouraged to read the online files LISTSERV REFCARD and LISTSERV GENINTRO, which can be obtained by sending the following commands in the body of a mail message to LISTSERV@MSIAS.IAS.UNU.EDU


Thank you for your continued interest in the list and for the information and support you have given to the list. I look forward to your participation at IBS-GEN@MSIAS.IAS.UNU.EDU

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