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A European vision for industrial symbiosis : recommendations for a successful European IS strategy

Bruck, Robin (2016) A European vision for industrial symbiosis : recommendations for a successful European IS strategy.

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Abstract:The study tries to examine the steps that need to be taken in order to achieve a European strategy for industrial symbiosis (ESIS). Conclusions are drawn upon a large pool of scientific studies on the topic as well as best practices. Important factors being discussed are benefits of industrial symbiosis and obstacles that hinder its creation, as well as social factors and networking. The study presents the development of industrial symbiosis in Europe and highlights the UK “National Industrial Symbiosis Programme” (NISP) as an innovation and promising best practice for the widespread implementation of industrial symbiosis across Europe. This is why the study argues that the EU has to take the role of a coordinator of coordinators by following a subsidiary approach, promoting the implementation of national industrial symbiosis programs in all Member States and generally focusing on the creation of a context in which IS network can sprout bottom-up through self-organization. Concrete measures include turning into law provisions from the 2015 Circular Economy (CE) Package and taking inspiration from the 2009 Chinese CE law, plus clearing regulatory issues concerning the waste status of by-products. The EU should assist Member States in providing their national IS programs with sufficient budget and provide a European database containing knowledge, information and material stream data, which businesses interested in IS ventures can make use of.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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