Using geographic information systems (GIS) to facilitate industrial symbiosis development in a Swedish region
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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.
Facilitation, Industrial Symbiosis, GIS, Sweden
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-85824OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-85824DiVA: diva2:572926