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Looplocal: a Heuristic Visualization Tool for the Strategic Facilitation of Industrial Symbiosis
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Ecology (moved 20130630).
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Ecology (moved 20130630).
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Ecology (moved 20130630).
2012 (English)In: Greening of Industry Netowrk Proceedings / [ed] Leo Baas, 2012Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Industrial symbiosis (IS) developments have been differentiated as ‘self organized’, ‘facilitated’, and ‘planned’. This article introduces a tool that has been built with objectives to support the strategic facilitation of IS. ‘Looplocal’ is a visualization tool built to assist in 1) the identification of regions prone to new industrial symbiosis activities 2) market potential exchanges to key actors and 3) assist aspiring facilitators to assess the various strategies and social methodologies available for the initial phases of a facilitated industrial symbiosis venture. This tool combines life cycle inventory (LCI) data, waste statistics, and national industrial data (including geographic, activity, economic, and contact information) to perform a heuristic analysis of raw material and energy inputs and outputs (wastes). Along with an extensive list of ‘waste to raw material’ substitutions (which may be direct, combined, or upgraded) gathered from IS uncovering studies, IS organizations, and waste and energy professionals; heuristic regional output to input ‘matching’ can be visualized. On a national or regional scale the tool gives a quick overview of what could be the most interesting regions to prioritize resources for IS facilitation. Focusing in on a regional level, the tool visualizes the potential structure of the network in that region (centralized, decentralized, or distributed), allowing a facilitator to adapt the networking approach correspondingly. The tool also visualizes potential IS transfer information, along with key stakeholder data. The authors have performed a proof of concept run of this tool in the ‘industrial disperse’ context of Sweden. In its early stages of application, the method has proven capable of identifying regions prone to the investment of facilitators’ resources. The material focus and custom possibilities for the tool show potential for a wide spectrum of potential facilitators: from waste management companies (using the tool as a strategic market analysis tool) to national or regional authorities looking to lower negative environmental impacts, to ‘sustainable’ industry sectors looking to strengthen market positioning. In conjunction with proper long term business models, such a tool could be reusable itself over the evolution of facilitation activities and aims.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012.
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Transport Systems and Logistics Information Systems Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-122401OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-122401DiVA: diva2:622144
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18th conference of the Greening of Industry Network
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QC 20130522

Available from: 2013-05-20 Created: 2013-05-20 Last updated: 2016-12-22Bibliographically approved
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1. Industrial Ecology Methods within Engagement Processes for Industrial Resource Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Industrial Ecology Methods within Engagement Processes for Industrial Resource Management
2013 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The global use of resources such as materials, energy, and water has surpassed sustainable levels by many accounts.  The research presented here was explicitly normative in its aim to improve the understanding of, and make sustainable change toward highly systemic issues of resource management.  The core methods chosen to work toward this aim were bottom up action research procedures (including stakeholder engagement processes) and industrial ecology analysis tools.  These methods were employed and tested in pragmatic combination through two of the author’s case study projects. The first case study, performed between 2009 and 2012, employed a multi-stakeholder process aimed at improving the cycling of construction and demolition waste in the Stockholm region.  The second case study produced a strategic tool (Looplocal) built for facilitating more efficient regional industrial resource networks. While the highly participative aim of the cases required a larger contribution of resources than that of more closed studies, it is arguable that the efficacy of approaching the project aims is improved through their employment. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2013. xv, 52 p.
Series
Trita-IM, ISSN 1402-7615 ; 2013:10
Keyword
Resource Management, Recycling, Stakeholder Participation, Industrial Symbiosis, Construction and Demolition
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Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology Construction Management Information Systems Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-122403 (URN)978-91-7501-796-9 (ISBN)
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2013-06-11, E3, Osquarsbacke 14, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20130522

Available from: 2013-05-22 Created: 2013-05-20 Last updated: 2013-05-22Bibliographically approved

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