Turning waste generated by one company into raw materials for another has long been one of the most intriguing notions in industrial ecology. This strategy, known as industrial symbiosis—by analogy to the manner in which some species in nature cooperate to mutual advantage— has become an important component of national environmental policies in countries ranging from China and Korea to the UK.
Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology is pleased to announce a special issue on industrial symbiosis that highlights research that moves beyond case studies to couple empirical research with theory-building. To complement the special issue, a selection of previously published articles on industrial symbiosis has been compiled by the journal.
Lombardi, D., Lyons, D., Shi, H., & Agarwal, A. (2012). Industrial Symbiosis Journal of Industrial Ecology, 16 (1), 2-7 DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-9290.2012.00455.x