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Comparing industrial symbiosis in Europe: towards a conceptual framework and research methodology
University of Manchester, UK.
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
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2015 (English)In: International perspectives on industrial ecology / [ed] Pauline Deutz, Donald I Lyons, Jun Bi, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, 69-88 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Industrial symbiosis (IS) continues to raise the interest of researchers and practitioners alike. Individual and haphazard attempts to increase linkages among co-located firms have been complemented by concerted efforts to stimulate the development of industrial regions with intensified resource exchanges that reduce environmental impact. Additionally, there are examples of both spontaneous and facilitated linkages between two or more firms involving flows of materials/energy waste. A striking feature of IS activities is that they are found across diverse social contexts and vary considerably in form (Lombardi et al., 2012); there are substantial differences in the ways in which IS manifests itself. Equally diverse are the activities of policy makers to stimulate such linkages. Such diversity can already be found within Europe, as became apparent in a first meeting among some of the present authors in 2009 (Isenmann and Chernykh, 2009). Researchers present there decided to create a network of European researchers on IS, with the explicit aim to develop a comparative analysis. We can thus provide insight to the relationship between the style of IS and its context and thereby the potential for policy makers in different contexts to learn from each other. Policy learning can be a tempting route to IS, but is fraught with difficulties if the influence of context is not appreciated (e.g., Wang et al., Chapter 6, this volume).

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Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015. 69-88 p.
Keyword [en]
Business and management, corporate social responsibility, management and sustainability, environment, corporate social responsibility, environmental management, environmental sociology
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Industrial Biotechnology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-122801DOI: 10.4337/9781781003572.00013ISBN: 978-17-8100-356-5 (print)ISBN: 978-17-8100-357-2 (eBook)OAI: diva2:873374
Available from: 2015-11-24 Created: 2015-11-24 Last updated: 2015-12-01Bibliographically approved

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