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Using geographic information systems (GIS) to facilitate industrial symbiosis development in a Swedish region
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
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Abstract [en]

Sustainable regional development and sustainability of industrial networks are key issues for business developers, policy makers, regional planners, and local governments/authorities. Theories such as industrial ecology/symbiosis (IE/IS) have addressed the sustainability of industrial networks. Recent studies, however, show the vital role of geographic information systems (GIS) in facilitating IS development. GIS is applied to eco-industrial development for the purpose of spatial planning, decisionmaking, visualization, analysis and data management. This article is about using GIS to facilitate IS development in a Swedish region, with the goal of analyzing how GIS can be used to facilitate regional eco-industrial development. The article contains a literature review on how GIS has been applied in IS development by categorization and characterization along different lines of GIS and IS. The empirical part analyzes the Östergötland region by giving an overview of the region’s current situation and how existing systems, information, and organizations can be used in developing GIS for regional IS development. By matching the lessons learned from applications of GIS in IS with existing regional data and structure, the article discusses and analyzes what steps and procedures should be taken toward developing GIS systems to facilitate IS development, and if there are any probable gaps or omissions.

Keyword [en]
Facilitation, Industrial Symbiosis, GIS, Sweden
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-85824OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-85824DiVA: diva2:572926
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)
Presentation
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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