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Title Opportunities and Barriers related to Regional Industrial Ecology in the Region of Sjælland, DK
Author Alis, Louise Vinther
Supervisor Jørgensen, Michael Søgaard (Innovation and Sustainability, Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark)
Institution Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Thesis level Master's thesis
Year 2009
Abstract The aim of this study has been to uncover the opportunities and barriers of achieving regional Industrial Ecology in the region of Zealand, Denmark. At the same time it has been a goal to use the theory of Industrial Ecology as a hypothesis for testing in reality facilitated with a critical approach supported by LCA principles and Theory on network relations in supply chains. The study was based on a qualitative study of 6 case enterprises and their experiences in the field. The degree of appliance with the concept of Industrial Ecology was measured according to 9 parameters, which were defined based on the Industrial Ecology literature along with influence from LCA, the waste hierarchy and the theory on network relations. These parameters are: 1-3. waste management of solid waste, hazardous waste and waste water according to the waste hierarchy, 4. energy efficiency and cascading, 5. Dependency on non-renewable resources, 6. Exchanges of waste material and/or energy, 7. Interest in environmental improvements, 8. Openness towards collaboration with other enterprises and 9. Application of LCA elements. According to these parameters the improvement potential of the enterprises is generally quite low, which is a positive finding. This seems to be owing to the existence of certain parameters; 1. The environmental legislation in most cases, 2. the environmental taxation on waste disposal and on energy, 3. The prevalence of critical consumers and 4. The longlived rise in fuel prices now replaced by an increase in competition during the current financial crisis. All of these conditions are according to the finding of this study resulting in very motivated enterprises that voluntarily apply Industrial Ecology aspects in their production, whenever possible. The barriers to further improvements are all accessed to be diminishable by creation of an Anchor Tenant Institution and based on the statements of the administrative unit ‘Region Sjælland’s and other reasons the conclusion of this study is that the Region would be the natural choise. The barriers that the Region as Anchor Tenant should help minimize are; 1. Specific environmental regulations that unreasonably prevents Industrial Ecology incentives, 2. Barriers related to erratic magnitude, quality and stability of streams through coordination and 3. Matchmaking of relevant partners for development projects or symbiotic exchanges through facilitation.
Imprint Technical University of Denmark (DTU) : Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Pages 160
Original PDF Speciale_s031865.pdf (2.09 MB)
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