International Perspectives on Industrial Ecology

International Perspectives on Industrial Ecology

Studies on the Social Dimensions of Industrial Ecology series

Edited by Pauline Deutz, Donald I. Lyons and Jun Bi

With its high-level focus on industrial ecology-related policies such as circular economy and industrial symbiosis, this book provides a timely analysis of the industrial ecology experience worldwide. Editors Pauline Deutz, Donald I. Lyons, and Jun Bi combine their diverse experiences in both research and teaching to examine the topic as a business, community, and academic endeavor in different settings worldwide.

Chapter 6: UK–China collaboration for industrial symbiosis: a multi-level approach to policy transfer analysis

Qiaozhi Wang, Pauline Deutz and David Gibbs

Subjects: business and management, corporate social responsibility, management and sustainability, environment, corporate social responsibility, environmental management, environmental sociology

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Over the last two decades there has been substantial research on both the potential and promotion of industrial symbiosis (IS) as a means to improve the efficiency of resource use. IS comprises the use of under-utilised resources (including by-products, waste and energy streams) as a means of promoting sustainable industrial development (Deutz, 2014). Attracted by IS exemplars such as the network at Kalundborg in Denmark and the UK’s IS facilitation programme, policymakers in numerous countries have attempted to initiate IS activities in a wide range of different economic, social and policy contexts (Lombardi et al., 2012). Whilst the study of IS as a policy initiative is not new (see for example Gibbs and Deutz, 2005; Costa et al., 2010; Laybourn and Lombardi, 2012), this area of research has taken on a new momentum (see Jiao and Boons [2014] for a review). Existing work points to the significance of waste regulations that are at least ‘enabling’ of IS (in the European context: Costa et al., 2010; Salmi et al., 2012). In the Asian context, national government commitment to IS is part of a wide range of environmental initiatives (Mathews, 2012). Other research examines the potential of IS development in a given institutional context (Simboli et al., 2014 in Italy) or evaluates the environmental benefits of IS (Dong et al., 2013). These are rich and detailed case studies, in some cases incorporating international comparison (e.g., Costa et al., 2010), or employing case studies from multiple countries (Dong et al., 2013).

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