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Sustainability 2014, 6(9), 6267-6277; doi:10.3390/su6096267

Environment in Industrial Ecology, Grasping a Complex Notion for Enhancing Industrial Synergies at Territorial Scales

1,2,†,* and 1,†
1
CIRAD, UPR Recyclage et risque, F-97743 Saint-Denis, La Réunion, France
2
ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency), French Environment and Energy Management Agency, Angers 49004, France
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 6 August 2014 / Accepted: 5 September 2014 / Published: 12 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environment and Energy: the Industrial Ecology perspective)
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Identifying the most relevant environment related indicators and how to make them available to decision-makers are current issues. Some seek to enhance their efficiency by means of methods such as aggregations or weighting. More fundamentally, in this chapter we question how industrial ecologists appropriate the notion of environment. On the basis of multidisciplinary research, we argue that, in contexts of geographically bounded networks of social actors forging industrial synergies, environmental questions should be posed from the viewpoint of the actors. Our work might aid to operationalize the complex notion of environment in such contexts, and constitutes a call to develop anthropocentric approaches to defining environmental indications followed by appropriated indicators. View Full-Text
Keywords: environment; industrial ecology; collective action; territorial ecology; environmental indication environment; industrial ecology; collective action; territorial ecology; environmental indication
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Dumoulin, F.; Wassenaar, T. Environment in Industrial Ecology, Grasping a Complex Notion for Enhancing Industrial Synergies at Territorial Scales. Sustainability 2014, 6, 6267-6277.

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