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Renewable Eco-industrial Development

Wells, Peter Erskine and Zapata, Clovis 2012. Renewable Eco-industrial Development. Journal of Industrial Ecology 16 (5) , pp. 665-668. 10.1111/j.1530-9290.2012.00487.x

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This article reviews the scope of the discipline of industrial ecology and, in the context of an urgent requirement for substantial and rapid change in the face of global sustainability challenges, argues that the discipline could embrace a more proactive, interventionist stance in the form of renewable eco-industrial development. Existing eco-industrialism is presented as flawed, with many cases premised on the use of nonrenewable resources. Renewable eco-industrial development, while still nascent, has the potential both to resolve some sustainability challenges and to offer a new area of endeavor for industrial ecology, albeit one with its own unique difficulties, such as conflict with food production. Renewable eco-industrial development is further argued to bring industrial ecology into a more socially critical stance as it concerns the future allocation of scarce resources.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)
Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: biomaterials; biorefinery; industrial symbiosis; Kalundborg; renewable resource; sugarcane ethanol
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1088-1980
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:53

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