Special Track

5g. Industrial symbiosis, networking and cooperation as part of industrial ecology

Track Chairs:

Laura Cutaia. Italian National agency for new technologies, Energy and sustainable economic development (ENEA), Rome, Italy laura.cutaia@enea.it

Andrea Raggi. Department of Economic Studies, University "G. d'Annunzio", Pescara, Italy a.raggi@unich.it

Roberta Salomone.  Department of Economics, University of Messina, Messina, Italy salomoner@unime.it

Goals and objectives of the track

This session is fostered by SUN - Symbiosis Users Network promoted by ENEA (the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) www.sunetwork.it.
SUN aims to both enhance the experiences gained over the years in industrial symbiosis practices and share them, as well as to cooperate for promoting a systematic application of industrial symbiosis, deepening operational issues which may concern (e.g. regulations, technical standards, good practices, etc.). The first SUN conference was held in 2017 in Rome (Italy).
New business models, including industrial symbiosis, are of particular importance for transferring and sharing resources (raw materials, water, waste, energy, services, skills, tools, databases) from one operator to another. In fact, industrial symbiosis is reported in the Action Plan on the Circular Economy developed by the European Commission in 2015 (COM / 2015/0614 final) and in its revision of 14 March 2017.
Sharing the knowledge and experiences on industrial symbiosis practices can highlight success cases, tools for its implementation and dissemination, monitoring and experiences, as well as obstacles and barriers which have to be overcome in order to increase the potential for its application in both technical terms (process of exploitation and transformation of by-products and waste for their re-use), information technology (databases and tools), and in management, logistical, procedural, administrative and regulatory terms.
The aim of the session is to collect real experiences of industrial symbiosis, performed both by industries and scientific community, best practices, success and un-successful cases (implemented or under implementation), with the final aim to promote the adoption of industrial symbiosis as an operational and systematic tool for the circular economy.

Contributions from the followings areas are sought-after:

  • methodologies for industrial symbiosis implementation;
  • state of the art on industrial symbiosis implementation: best practices, barriers, benchmarks, etc.;
  • regulation constraints and incentives to the spread of industrial symbiosis at national and local level (e.g. by-products, end-of-waste regulation, etc.);
  • policies and strategies to promote industrial symbiosis at an international, national and local level;
  • assessing the sustainability (environmental, economic and social) impacts of industrial symbiosis implementation;
  • quantifying the circularity: existing and possible indicators;
  • planning industrial districts and areas for industrial ecology enhancement and industrial symbiosis implementation;
  • role of learning activities for the widespread diffusion of industrial symbiosis practice within companies and districts;
  • role of technology and industrial processes for industrial symbiosis implementation;
  • certification schemes and standards for the valorisation of resources in industrial symbiosis pathways.

Other contributions can also be explored.


You may submit your abstract by visiting the Ex Ordo abstract submission system (you will be required to setup an account first): http://isdrs2018.exordo.com
Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2017 7 January 2018