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How Organization Models Impact the Governing of Industrial Symbiosis in Public Wastewater Management. An Explorative Study in Sweden

International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University, P.O. Box 196, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Water 2021, 13(6), 824; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13060824
Received: 26 January 2021 / Revised: 5 March 2021 / Accepted: 15 March 2021 / Published: 17 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Waste Water Used for Green Production in Cities)
The industrial symbiosis (IS) landscape is evolving rapidly. While previous studies have argued for the importance of municipalities participating in the governing of IS, research on the implications of different forms of municipal organization is still lacking. This paper aims to investigate how municipal administration and municipally-owned corporations, as two forms of organization, impact the governing of IS in the water and sewage sector. This is explored in relation to the Swedish municipality Simrishamn, which recently underwent changes in the form of organization. Results show that municipal administration contributes to a more inclusive process where many actors can influence and bring ideas and perspectives on how to develop an IS. The risk, however, is that other issues within the municipality are seen as more pressing and, therefore, get prioritized before IS. In corporate form, the development of IS becomes more business-like as the focus is kept on core business. Technology development is strengthened as skills and competencies are promoted through the expertise of the employees. Drawbacks include processes becoming less transparent and political goals, such as citizen welfare not receiving the same level of priority as within municipal administration. There is also a risk that fewer perspectives are included in the process of developing IS, which may inhibit innovation, even if the results also indicate that an increased business focus of the corporate form strengthens the innovation capacity. View Full-Text
Keywords: industrial symbiosis; urban water management; wastewater reuse; municipal administration; municipally-owned corporation; municipal corporation industrial symbiosis; urban water management; wastewater reuse; municipal administration; municipally-owned corporation; municipal corporation
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Södergren, K.; Palm, J. How Organization Models Impact the Governing of Industrial Symbiosis in Public Wastewater Management. An Explorative Study in Sweden. Water 2021, 13, 824. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13060824

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Södergren K, Palm J. How Organization Models Impact the Governing of Industrial Symbiosis in Public Wastewater Management. An Explorative Study in Sweden. Water. 2021; 13(6):824. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13060824

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Södergren, Karolina; Palm, Jenny. 2021. "How Organization Models Impact the Governing of Industrial Symbiosis in Public Wastewater Management. An Explorative Study in Sweden" Water 13, no. 6: 824. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13060824

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