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From theory to practice: Enhancing the potential policy impact of industrial ecology

Deutz, Pauline; Ioppolo, Giuseppe


Giuseppe Ioppolo


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.


Deutz, P., & Ioppolo, G. (2015). From theory to practice: Enhancing the potential policy impact of industrial ecology. Sustainability, 7(2), 2259-2273.

Acceptance Date Feb 12, 2015
Online Publication Date Feb 17, 2015
Publication Date 2015-01
Deposit Date Jul 28, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jul 28, 2015
Journal Sustainability
Electronic ISSN 2071-1050
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 2
Pages 2259-2273
Keywords Industrial ecology; Industrial symbiosis; Natural ecosystem metaphor; Engineering system metaphor; Social science approach; System theory approach; Impact
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Additional Information Copy of open access article first published in: Sustainability, 2015, v.7, issue 2 distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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