Keywords: industrial parks, cluster development, environmental management, industrial ecology, Hungary, sustainable development, sustainability, environmental pollution, European Union, EU regulations, industrial clusters
The environmental activities of industrial park organisations in Hungary
Industrial Parks (IPs) and other forms of industrial agglomerations not only play an ever-increasing role in economic development, but may also contribute to the implementation of the principles of sustainable development. Modern-day IPs in Hungary face a number of environmental challenges, from the need to clean up historical pollution to compliance with European Union (EU) regulations. A survey conducted at the Corvinus University of Budapest shows that while many IP organisations – the coordinating umbrella organisations of IPs – are aware of these tasks, their activities often lag behind. This paper looks at the environmental practices and motives of these IP organisations and provides suggestions for their future development.