Challenges for the adoption of industrial symbiosis approaches within industrial agglomerations

Menato, Silvia and Carimati, Stefano and Montini, Elias and Innocenti, Patrick and Canetta, Luca and Sorlini, Marzio (2017) Challenges for the adoption of industrial symbiosis approaches within industrial agglomerations. In: ICE 2017, June 2017, Madeira (P). (Submitted)

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Abstract

Manufacturing companies continuously face the challenge of improving their sustainability profile, but one of the major problems with sustainability-centred business approaches relates to the simultaneous pursuit of private and public (society and environment) benefits. Industrial symbiosis (IS) can be a powerful answer to these approaches: IS can lead companies to virtuous behaviours coupling environmental (public) benefits with economic (private) performances. IS projects opportunities are amplified for companies belonging to industrial parks or agglomeration since they are usually proner to embrace collaborative paths and stream exchange chances are wider. Still data show that IS is really limited to more farsighted companies. The proposed study is centred on the analysis of an industrial survey performed by the authors, aiming at investigating the barriers to the adoption of symbiotic behaviours. This investigation points out the opportunities for companies in an industrial agglomeration towards the creation of IS interactions.

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