Looplocal - a heuristic visualization tool to support the strategic facilitation of industrial symbiosis
2015 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, Vol. 98, 328-335 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Industrial symbiosis (IS) developments have been differentiated as self-organized, facilitated, and planned. This article introduces a tool, Looplocal, which has been built with objectives to support the strategic facilitation of IS. Looplocal is a visualization tool built to assist in 1) Simplifying the identification of regions susceptible to new industrial symbiosis facilitation activities 2) Enabling proactive and targeted marketing of potential exchanges to key actors in specific regions and 3) Assisting facilitators to assess the various strategies and consequential engagement and analysis methodologies suitable for additional IS development in specific regions. The tool compares industrial symbiosis data and estimated regional material and energy flows (on a facility level) to identify potential IS transfer information along with key stakeholder and network data. The authors have performed a proof of concept run of this tool on Sweden. In its early stages of application the method has given results seen as useful for identifying regions susceptible to the investment of symbiosis facilitators' time and resources. The material focus and customization possibilities for the tool show potential for a spectrum of potential facilitators: from waste management companies to national or regional authorities. In conjunction with long term business models, such a tool might be utilized throughout an adaptive chain of facilitation activities and aims.
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2015. Vol. 98, 328-335 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-170951DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.08.012ISI: 000356194300033ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84929966422OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-170951DiVA: diva2:841503
QC 201507132015-07-132015-07-132015-07-13Bibliographically approved