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Sustainability 2015, 7(2), 2259-2273; doi:10.3390/su7022259

From Theory to Practice: Enhancing the Potential Policy Impact of Industrial Ecology

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Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, University of Hull, Hull (United Kingdom), Cottingham Road, Hull HU6 7RX, UK
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Department of Economics, Business, Environment and Quantitative Methods (SEAM), University of Study of Messina, P.zza Puglatti 1, Messina 98122, Italy
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 1 December 2014 / Revised: 10 February 2015 / Accepted: 12 February 2015 / Published: 17 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

Industrial ecology introduced a new paradigm of principles and tools useful to academic analysis and decision support activities for industry and policymakers. This paper presents a view of the state of the art of industrial ecology, encompassing the four major theoretical traditions comprising the field, and emphasizing the relevance to practice. The principles of industrial ecology offer a basis for integrating environmental perspectives into production and consumption strategies, though there are significant challenges to be addressed. View Full-Text
Keywords: trial ecology; industrial symbiosis; natural ecosystem metaphor; engineering system metaphor; social science approach; system theory approach; impact trial ecology; industrial symbiosis; natural ecosystem metaphor; engineering system metaphor; social science approach; system theory approach; impact
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Deutz, P.; Ioppolo, G. From Theory to Practice: Enhancing the Potential Policy Impact of Industrial Ecology. Sustainability 2015, 7, 2259-2273.

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