Connectedness and its dynamics in the Swedishbiofuels for transport industry
2015 (English)In: Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal, ISSN 1476-8917, E-ISSN 1478-8764, Vol. 9, no 3, 269-295 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Connectedness through cooperation with other sectors regardingfeedstock, energy, products and by-products is important for environmentalperformance of industrial production. The aim of this study is to provide abetter understanding of the level of connectedness in the Swedish biofuels fortransport industry, involving producers of ethanol, biogas and biodiesel.In interviews, the CEOs of four important companies provided informationabout current strategies, historic and planned development. The productionsystems are dynamic and have changed significantly over time, includingmaterial and energy exchanges between traditionally separate industries.Interesting development was noted where revised business strategies haveled to changed cooperation structures and thus altered material and energyflows. Fuel and raw material prices are very influential and all of therespondents said that political decisions to a large extent affect theircompetitiveness and emphasised the importance of clear long-term institutionalconditions, ironically very much in contrast to the current situation within EUand Sweden.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Inderscience Enterprises Ltd , 2015. Vol. 9, no 3, 269-295 p.
biofuels; biogas; ethanol; biodiesel; industrial ecology and symbiosis; synergies; material and energy flows; connectedness; resource efficiency.
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123223DOI: 10.1504/PIE.2015.073416OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-123223DiVA: diva2:878122
FunderSwedish Energy Agency