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Concepts and Methodologies to Help Promote Industrial Ecology

  • J. A. Scott
  • K. Krishnamohan
  • A. Gabric
  • I. Christensen
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Abstract

To help promote ecologically sustainable development (ESD), industrial ecology (IE) has emerged as a framework for proactive management of human impacts on the natural environment. IE focuses on borrowing natural ecological principles and applying them to the design and management of commercial systems, and the infrastructure required by them. IE principles can be relevant to the workings of both the private and public sectors, and have the potential to be applied to internal processes within a single enterprise and the interactions between a network of enterprises. As a concept, IE is finding favor at a time when traditional depollution approaches which rely on end-of-pipe solutions are increasingly being regarded as inefficient (Erkman, 1997), and has been defined as:

“…An emerging framework for environmental management, seeking transformation of the industrial system in order to match its inputs and outputs to planetary and local carrying capacity. A central IE goal is to move from a linear to a closed-loop system in all realms of human production and consumption.”

(Lowe and Evans, 1995)

Keywords

Industry Sector Industrial System Clean Production Environmental Management System Industrial Ecology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Scott
    • 1
  • K. Krishnamohan
    • 1
  • A. Gabric
    • 1
  • I. Christensen
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Integrated Environmental ProtectionGriffith UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.Brisbane City CouncilBrisbaneAustralia

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