Barriers to industrial symbiosis: insights from the use of a maturity grid

Golev, Artem, Corder, Glen D. and Giurco, Damien P. (2014) Barriers to industrial symbiosis: insights from the use of a maturity grid. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 19 1: 141-153. doi:10.1111/jiec.12159

Author Golev, Artem
Corder, Glen D.
Giurco, Damien P.
Title Barriers to industrial symbiosis: insights from the use of a maturity grid
Journal name Journal of Industrial Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1088-1980
Publication date 2014-07-14
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jiec.12159
Open Access Status
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 141
End page 153
Total pages 13
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract The concept of industrial symbiosis (IS) over the last 20 years has become a well-recognized approach for environmental improvements at the regional level. Many technical solutions for waste and by-product material, water, and energy reuse between neighboring industries (so-called synergies) have been discovered and applied in the IS examples from all over the world. However, the potential for uptake of new synergies in the regions is often limited by a range of nontechnical barriers. These barriers include environmental regulation, lack of cooperation and trust between industries in the area, economic barriers, and lack of information sharing. Although several approaches to help identify and overcome some of the nontechnical barriers were examined, no methodology was found that systematically assessed and tracked the barriers to guide the progress of IS development. This article presents a new tool-IS maturity grid-to tackle this issue in the regional IS studies. The tool helps monitor and assess the level of regional industrial collaboration and also indicates a potential path for further improvements and development in an industrial region, depending on where that region currently lies in the grid. The application of the developed tool to the Gladstone industrial region of Queensland, Australia, is presented in the article. It showed that Gladstone is at the third (active) stage of five stages of maturity, with cooperation and trust among industries the strongest characteristic and information barriers the characteristic for greatest improvement.
Keyword Gladstone (Australia)
Industrial ecology
Industrial symbiosis (IS)
Maturity grid
Resource synergies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 14 July 2014.

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