Developing integration in a local industrial ecosystem: Human dimensions
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The objective of this study is to evaluate the human dimensions of improving energy and material-use efficiency of a system through increased integration and exchange between local actors. The results are based on a case study of a Swedish municipality with developed forest industry. The actors' views are discussed together with the most important factors to enable increased integration and exchange to take place. The greatest barriers found were lack of knowledge and resources, attitudes, time frames, development consent, and lack of continuity and local power for some companies. One conclusion is that the municipal authority could have a role as coordinator of local integration projects. However, tius role can be impeded by the weak integration of different divisions in the municipality's organisation and it is suggested that companies with integration as their business concept can be key actors when developing more integrated networks. It was also clear that intra-organisational issues may impede inter-organisational integration.
forest industry, energy and material exhanges, integration, co-operation, industrial ecosystems, industrial symbiosis, actors' views
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-100822OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-100822DiVA: diva2:663769