2015/07/05 10:10 Marian Chertow, “Industrial Ecology: Beyond Kalundborg”, ISIE, U. Surrey

Plenary talk by Marian Chertow, @YaleCIE, at “Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology”, 8th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, University of Surrey, Guildford, July 7-10, 2015

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Plenary talks for ISIE 2015 are by contributors to an open access volume, Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology, available online as open access e-book from Springer in fall 2015.  See the table of contents and the Springer book description.


Marian Chertow is Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management, Director of the Program on Solid Waste Policy, and Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program at Yale University

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[Marian Chertow]

Sentimental time at Yale, as Tom Graedel is now integrity

  • Tom gave hint in 1996, meeting on eco-industrial parks

Have the gone to lots of industrial symbiosis meetings

  • Scholarship has grown
  • World recognizes need to manage resources

Some numbers in industrial symbiosis (from the chapter in the volume)

  • Industrial symbiosis thinks about practice side
  • 1989:  “Strategies for Manufacturing” in Scientific American
  • Powerful synergy for industrial symbiosis, output from one part becomes input for next
  • 1989 is also the year knew about Kalundborg, Denmark, as they named it industrial symbiosis
  • A few years, had a meeting in Kalundborg:  if Christine had known about Scientific American article, might have named different

20 years since peer-reviewed articles have been published ratled to industrial symbiosis

  • 391 peer-reviewed articles 1995 to2014 in Web of Science

Kalundborg Symbiosis Status diagrams

  • 2012 added Inbicon and Pyroneer, two new power plants
  • Denmark doesn’t want to use coal, they’re increasing biomass

In article, events of highlights

  • 2014 South Africa
  • 2014 NISP-Canada launched
  • U.S. BCSD launches Austin Materials Marketplace

Research fields

  • Need engineering
  • Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Community ecology

New review article by Walls and Paquin, 2015, look at organizational and institutionalize side

  • Content analysis on key factors mentioned most frequently
  • Antecedents
  • Lubricants
  • Limiters
  • Consequences

286 articles featured countries in article

  • China has almost twice as many articles as any other country
  • 2004 was the first year that researchers from China published

Article categories:

  • Foundations
  • Performance
  • Mechanism
  • Modeling
  • Structure

Trends:  To 2004, most articles were conceptual, case study

  • 2007: Big step up
  • Case studies strongest in 2004
  • 90% of modelling articles after 2006

Practitioner input:

  • Would like more language of business
  • Industry organi1ztions or facilitator companies

Industrial Symbiosis Research Symposium

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