As the discipline has expanded, so questions have been asked of the limits to the industrial ecology metaphor and its status, by some of the practitioners, as an objective science. Moreover, the emergence of industrial ecology into the policy arena has inevitably presaged normative considerations over the integration of social, political, organisational and cultural factors for the discipline. That is, as with any other arena of scientific endeavour, industrial ecology is subject to mediation via discourses that can result in substantive 'revolutions' in the content and boundaries of the discipline. These revolutions tend to occur when the prevailing approach is unable to resolve increasingly critical dilemmas or problems. This paper seeks to contribute to the industrial ecology discourse by giving consideration to the extension of the underlying metaphor, using the specific example of (bio) diversity to suggest a new and broader set of economic structures and relationships and a more critical perspective that could be brought into the realm of the discipline.
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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 have been in the past and far less than the future costs to aluminium smelters and the community of cleaning it up later.
Russian Ecology Monitoring Market Analysis
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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 entities change and adapt over time. This paper considers this issue at the level of the firm. It is found that firms...
Assessment of industrial by–product synergies from process engineering and sustainability principles
Industrial synergy has long been one of the applications of industrial ecology; popularised in the 1980's. Industrial synergy increases the interaction between industries through the utilisation of wastes/by–products, thereby offering a closed–loop system. A target application for industrial synergy is Primary industry which generates a huge amount of waste. Historically however, most existing synergies have been unplanned and were established by interested industries. To date, new symbiotic relations have not...
Seeking industrial synergies in the French Chemical Valley territory: a methodological approach for ...
The Chemical Valley in France, a territory composed of various industrial platforms, is facing sustainability challenges. These business parks are located in the vicinity of strategic resources (water networks, pipeline networks). Their organisation allows the pooling of services, equipment and resources. Industrial ecology reveals existing and potential industrial synergies. Environmental management services within companies include facility and employee safety, waste management and effluent treatment; however,...