Studies on the Social Dimensions of Industrial Ecology series
Edited by Pauline Deutz, Donald I. Lyons and Jun Bi
Chapter 14: Embedding an international perspective in industrial ecology
This book has presented surveys and case studies of industrial ecology (IE) practices and theories (especially industrial symbiosis [IS]-related) from across the world. There have been chapters from developing, developed and emerging economic contexts written by authors with first-hand experience in those settings, drawing on a wide range of primary and secondary data, sometimes including active personal involvement in IE projects. We hope that these contributions will be useful to both academics and practitioners in alerting them to relevant considerations in framing their work. In this brief final chapter, we consider the themes that emerge from the contributions to this book, incorporating thoughts on future directions. It is clear from the chapters herein that IE practices are taking hold across the world and that the geographic spread of IE is mirrored by the variability of form. From the continent wide bilateral exchanges reported in Australia, or the regional networks more common in the EU, the Japanese eco-town approach to the integrated farm practices of the Songhai Farms in Republic of Benin, West Africa, the specific details vary widely around the central concept of resource efficiency and material flows (Olayide, Chapter 3, this volume; Boons et al., Chapter 5, this volume; Patchell, Chapter 11, this volume).
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