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Industrial ecology: a review

Authors
  • Hond, F. den1
  • 1 Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Social-Cultural Sciences P&B/BCO, De Boelelaan 1081c, 1081HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands e-mail: [email protected], Tel.: +31-20-4446818, Fax: +31-20-4446820, NL
Type
Published Article
Journal
Regional Environmental Change
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2000
Volume
1
Issue
2
Pages
60–69
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/PL00011534
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Industrial ecology is both a vision, a research field, and a source of inspiration for practical work. Its proponents aim to contribute to sustainable development by closing materials cycles and realising a fundamental paradigm shift in the thinking concerning industry–ecology relations. Dominant research lines in industrial ecology focus on industrial metabolism and life cycle tools. The underlying assumption is that the flow and transformation of materials can be managed through the correcting of market and regulatory failures which are causes of environmental degradation. This literature review suggests, on the one hand, that the manageability of the flow of materials is currently limited by market and regulatory failures which inhibit the implementation of the principles of industrial ecology and, on the other hand, that the flow and transformation of materials are only partly affected by prices, information and laws.

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