industrial ecology Articles

  • Industrial ecology and ecological economics

    The editors of this journal initiated a discussion on the relationship between industrial ecology and ecological economics, to which the current article is intended to contribute. It consists of overviews of ecological economics and industrial ecology, followed by an analysis of the links between them. Judging from their theoretical background and historical development, the extent of cross ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The ontologies of industrial ecology?

    Industrial ecology is one of a number of new fields of study, such as 'green chemistry' or 'ecological economics', that have deliberately reached across different disciplines in both name and substance. This raises a number of issues for the practitioner, including difficult questions of boundary and field content (when is something 'industrial ecology' and when is it a part of another ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Industrial ecology: an overview

    Industrial ecology is a young discipline that considers industrial and commercial enterprises as an ecosystem analogous to biological ecosystems. Its organising principle is that industrial systems should emulate the best features of biological ecosystems, thereby reducing energy and material consumption and waste generation. The benefits of such operations are reduced environmental damage and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Music: a metaphor for industrial ecology

    The term industrial ecology (IE) with its emphasis on symbiotic factories represents a metaphor for how the manufacturing sector can be reconstituted and sent down the path of sustainable development (SD). However, that journey cannot proceed until several obstacles have been removed or circumvented. The one discussed and analysed in this paper deals with how to initiate organisationally an IE ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Theory of industrial ecology

    The central question of the theory of industrial ecology (IE) is whether IE is/will be a form of descriptive or prescriptive science. Some debate the same (more or less) question by asking whether IE is objective or normative. This author argues that in the case of the physical flows of matter and energy the description of the ecosystem flows can produce an important prescription for the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Industrial ecology as mediator and negotiator between ecology and industrial sustainability

    This article discusses hybrid theory development efforts within industrial ecology. The framework is Latour's (1988) Prince metaphor, which he expanded to describe machines and machinations, technology and society. Technology including industrial ecology is regarded here as mediator between nature and society. Aspects on standard ecology and principles for ecosystem thinking as background for our ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Industrial ecology and valuable organisational resources

    The resource-based view of firms is an emerging framework that includes resources, barriers, and isolating mechanisms that help a firm to get sustained competitive advantage. To date, little attention is paid to addressing the implications of industrial ecology as a contributing factor to firm's competitive advantage. The paper explores industrial ecosystem's two approaches: product-based and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Editorial: Towards progress in industrial ecology

    This contribution introduces the vision, aims and scope of our new journal, Progress in Industrial Ecology: An International Journal. We introduce the seventeen papers of this "massive" triple issue – the first issue of the new journal – as well as discussing their connections and shared messages in making progress in the transition towards a more sustainable global society. Our vision for this ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Industrial ecology as an ecological model for business: diversity and firm survival

    Krebs (2008) suggests that an ecological worldview should displace the economic worldview. This means business could increasingly be analysed from an ecological perspective. Some moves in this direction have been made, but one area so far left unexplored is the question of whether the ecosystem metaphor allows a comparison between the way ecosystems change over time and the way human economic ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Industrial Ecology as a learning process in business strategy

    For Industrial Ecology to be successful, it will need to be adopted by many practitioners in industrial society, at different system levels (e.g. company, region, national). This paper adapts the technology transfer model developed by Seaton and Cordey-Hayes by combining it with the idea of industrial ecology as a learning process. The resulting model is applied at the company, network and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Industrial ecology and waste management: from theories to applications

    The paper describes the conceptual framework of the Waste Management Theory (WMT). WMT is a unified body of knowledge about waste and waste management, founded on the expectation that waste management is to prevent waste to cause harm to human health and the environment. The intersection of WMT with Industrial Ecology (IE) is presented and the mutual benefits of developing WMT alongside IE are ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Industrial ecology for leverage to let loose less cadmium

    Comprehending how humans let toxic cadmium (Cd) loose in their environment demands analysing zinc (Zn) production, the source of most mined Cd. Analysis of unaccounted Cd with the ImPACT identity as a product of population, affluence, intensity of Zn use, and the used fraction of Cd in Zn ore shows that the used fraction exerted the most leverage. A simulation of emission from Zn mining and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Book Review: Linking Industry and Ecology: A Question of Design

    Linking Industry and Ecology: A Question of Design, by Ray Cote, James Tansey and Ann Dale. UBC Press, 2006. 275 pp. ISBN 0-7748-1214-1 (paperback); 0-7748-1213-3 (cloth)Keywords: book ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Towards a closer integration of environmental education and industrial ecology

    Industrial processes are known to have different levels of impact on the environment and, as a result, there is a need to foster knowledge of the environmental consequences of industrial activities and check those against their benefits. One of the ways of achieving this is by applying the concepts of industrial ecology to industry's day-to-day life. Another possible way of pursuing this goal is ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Exergy and industrial ecology: an application to an integrated energy system

    Exergy analysis can help integrate separate technologies following the principles of industrial ecology. An application of exergy analysis to calculate depletion numbers, which relate exergy destruction and total exergy use, is demonstrated for a gas turbine cycle combined with a hydrogen generation unit. The design includes a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) with internal natural gas reforming and a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Editorial article: on the theoretical dimensions of industrial ecology

    This editorial article for the double special issue of Progress in Industrial Ecology, 'Theoretical dimensions of industrial ecology', reviews the ten accepted contributions. We find four themes that we perceive as challenges for the theory of industrial ecology in terms of its contribution to sustainability science and sustainable development: 1) development of the science of industrial ecology; ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Ecologically-based approaches to evaluate the sustainability of industrial systems

    Industrial ecology, promoted as a discipline of 'sustainability science', applies ecological concepts to industrial systems to improve their sustainability. Concepts such as diversity, food webs and nutrient recycling have been investigated for industrial systems. Complex systems theory may also prove to be an appropriate framework for industrial systems research. This framework can identify the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Innovation in SPL Transformation – the Industrial Ecology Way

    There remains a fundamental problem in aluminium smelting – what to do with Spent Pot Linings (SPL)? SPL can be transformed safely into valuable products and never come back as a liability. With the Regain SPL solution, there is a mature “Industrial Ecology” approach to SPL treatment, and the costs are far less than they ...


    By Regain Materials

  • Effects of iron on ecological communities

    Mark and I have been working with the Iron industry to try to understand the effects of iron on aquatic ecosystems. We have been analysing extensive field monitoring data on the quality of invertebrate communities in rivers and relating this to the levels of different forms of iron (total, dissolved, or particulate) that are present. Invertebrate communities do appear to be adversely affected ...


    By WCA Environment Ltd.

  • Ecological Risk Assessment

    In recent years, ecological risk assessment (ERA) has emerged as an important part of environmental protection programs. The following discussion provides a brief overview of ERA issues. What is ecological risk assessment? Ecological risk assessment is the practice of determining the nature and likelihood of effects of our actions on animals, plants, and the environment. ...

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