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Promoting industrial symbiosis : analysing context and network evolution during biowaste-to-resource innovations.

Velenturf, Anne P. (2016) Promoting industrial symbiosis : analysing context and network evolution during biowaste-to-resource innovations. Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey.

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Abstract

Government and industry increasingly face challenges resulting from resource scarcity and climate change. By reducing carbon emissions whilst promoting resource efficiency and business development, industrial symbiosis has been recognised as a strategy to manage these challenges. Industrial symbiosis can be interpreted as the innovative use of waste from one company as a resource for another company, i.e. waste-to-resource innovation. These resource innovations involve the development of relations between waste producers and users, and often governmental organisations and other actors. A review of industrial symbiosis and relevant network and innovation literature concluded that empirical understanding of the implementation of industrial symbiosis, and consequently how it can be promoted by public and private organisations, needed considerable improvement. Hence, a qualitative empirical exploration was conducted to answer the question: How and why did industrial symbiosis develop over time? The exploration was carried out in the Humber region (UK) and, with several bio-based developments emerging in the area, focused on biowaste-to-resource innovation. Case studies with companies revealed: the social process through which resource partnerships developed; important contextual conditions (resource security, economic benefits, and governance); and varying network diversification and strengthening strategies. Analysing these innovations in their longer-term dynamic contexts revealed different business-responses to context-changes through their varying innovation and government-engagement strategies. Some companies were constrained by poor harmonisation of economic and various governmental drivers. In particular, since 2012, regional governance capacity for biowaste-to-resource innovation decreased while such innovations gained momentum at national government level. These findings have added to understanding of variation in factors and processes associated with implementing industrial symbiosis through company activities, strategies, and collaborations; and the relations between context dynamics, evolution of industrial symbiosis networks, and on-going business development. The level of detail revealed in this inductive empirical research contributed to identifying numerous further research directions. Moreover, practical recommendations were provided to companies and governmental organisations supporting the promotion of industrial symbiosis and contributing to the on-going transition to a more resource efficient and circular economy.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects : Industrial symbiosis, Biowaste-to-resource innovation, Industrial ecology, Social Network Analysis, Sustainable development, Innovation, Governance, Evolution
Divisions : Theses
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Velenturf, Anne P.a.velenturf@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 30 November 2016
Funders : Centre for Environmental Strategy
Copyright Disclaimer : © Anne P.M. Velenturf 2016
Contributors :
ContributionNameEmailORCID
http://www.loc.gov/loc.terms/relators/THSMurphy, R.J.rj.murphy@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
http://www.loc.gov/loc.terms/relators/THSBurningham, K.A.k.burningham@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Depositing User : Antoinette Velenturf
Date Deposited : 15 Dec 2016 09:54
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:26
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812461

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