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Understanding the industrial network in Händelö/Norrköping, Sweden by applying Industrial Symbiosis theory and tools
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
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Abstract [en]

Today, industrial areas play an important role in sustainable development projects. One of the big challenges for societies today is to meet ambitious goals for industrial development and economic growth without destroying the environment, leading to both economic and environmental sustainability. To address this issue, several theories, pathways and approaches such as Industrial Ecology/Industrial Symbiosis (IE/IS) toward sustainability of industrial regions are researched, investigated, implemented, and practiced. The overall aim of the current paper is to describe, understand and analyse a specific industrial area and its development using IS theory and tools. The paper develops a literature review on different definitions, categorizations, and characterizations of IS development. In the empirical part, a description of the Händelö industrial area of the city of Norrköping concerning how this area has been developed, together with an industrial inventory including the processes and exchanges of energy, material and by-products, flows and streams into and out of Händelö/Norrköping is presented. This leads to better understanding of the existing and embedded potential in the region. Lastly, by utilizing and applying definitions, categorization, and characterization of industrial symbiosis the paper tries to recognize and pinpoint the industrial activities already formed in Händelö/Norrköping.

Keyword [en]
Industrial symbiosis/network, Händelö/Norrköping, Sweden, sustainable industrial region
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-85822OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-85822DiVA: diva2:572923
Available from: 2012-11-29 Created: 2012-11-29 Last updated: 2012-11-29Bibliographically approved
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1. Facilitation of Industrial Symbiosis Development in a Swedish Region
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2012 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Today, sustainability of industrial regions and industrial networks is a challenge for business developers, policy makers, regional planners, local and governmental authorities and academic researchers. Because growing cities and industrial regions worldwide are intertwined with social, environmental, and economic advantages/disadvantages and challenges, in recent decades the ambition of industrial development and economic growth without environmental destruction has become a worldwide topic. To address this issue, a number of theories and pathways such as Industrial Ecology (IE) and its subfield Industrial Symbiosis (IS) toward sustainability of industrial regions and networks are being researched, examined and implemented.

The overall aim of this thesis is to explore how local connectedness amongst locally distributed firms in industrial areas can be facilitated using industrial symbiosis theory and tools. To address the overall aim, the facilitation of IS development in this thesis includes three focus areas: 1) using IS theory and tools for categorization, characterization, and definitions of different lines of IS development; 2) matching the supply and demand potential of regional CO2 resources through industrial collaboration; and 3) using geographic information systems (GIS).

Based on the research findings it is concluded that one approach for facilitating IS development is to apply IS theory and tools in an industrial region to find out whether any forms of IS already exist and what definitions of IS fit the area. Furthermore, it is also concluded that another approach for facilitating IS development could be matching the supply and demand potential of resources within industrial collaborations. However, availability and provision of relevant data and information plays an important role. In addition, it is seen that handling and developing existing regional data and information into a GIS-based format could contribute to facilitation of IS development. In general, it is seen that facilitating mechanism and facilitating organization are available, and should be coordinated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2012. 54 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1566
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-85825 (URN)LiU-TEK-LIC-2012:50 (Local ID)978-91-7519-719-7 (ISBN)LiU-TEK-LIC-2012:50 (Archive number)LiU-TEK-LIC-2012:50 (OAI)
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2012-11-27, ACAS, A-huset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2012-11-29 Created: 2012-11-29 Last updated: 2013-08-29Bibliographically approved

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