Fostering circular economy through the analysis of existing open access industrial symbiosis databases

Abstract: Digital evolution underwent great progress in the late 20th century, democratizing the use of the Internet and, therefore, access to public sources of information. This technological shift caused great impacts on different fields, including Industrial Symbiosis (IS). IS stems from the concept of Circular Economy and requires well-structured information to encourage waste reuse. Under these premises, this investigation aimed at processing and analyzing existing open-access IS databases from several perspectives, including types of business areas, waste and new uses involved. In addition, existing IS data were explored with the support of different tools, such as correspondence, network and correlation analyses. The application of this methodology to a set of 496 shortlisted IS exchanges led to several findings, highlighting the strong relationship between metallurgy and the production of cement, the key role played by the electricity production sector both as a donor and a recipient, the versatility of the agriculture area due to their capacity for reusing a variety of waste as fertilizers and the importance of chemical products and steam and hot water as new uses. Overall, these results provide companies with efficient and understandable knowledge to donate or receive materials.

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 Autoría: Jato-Espino D., Ruiz-Puente C.,

 Fuente: Sustainability, 2020, 12(3), 952

Editorial: MDPI

 Fecha de publicación: 28/01/2020

Nº de páginas: 24

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

DOI: 10.3390/su12030952

ISSN: 2071-1050

Proyecto español: DPI2017-88127-R