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Industrial Symbiosis for the Circular Economy

Operational Experiences, Best Practices and Obstacles to a Collaborative Business Approach

  • Roberta Salomone
  • Andrea Cecchin
  • Pauline Deutz
  • Andrea Raggi
  • Laura Cutaia

Part of the Strategies for Sustainability book series (STSU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Andrea Cecchin, Roberta Salomone, Pauline Deutz, Andrea Raggi, Laura Cutaia
    Pages 1-25
  3. Marta Ormazabal, Vanessa Prieto-Sandoval, Javier Santos, Carmen Jaca
    Pages 27-41
  4. Laura Cutaia, Tiziana Beltrani, Valentina Fantin, Erika Mancuso, Silvia Sbaffoni, Marco La Monica
    Pages 43-56
  5. Alberto Simboli, Raffaella Taddeo, Andrea Raggi, Anna Morgante
    Pages 57-71
  6. Bart van Hoof, Juanita Duque-Hernández
    Pages 103-118
  7. Ugo Mencherini, Sara Picone, Lorenzo Calabri, Manuela Ratta, Tullia Gallina Toschi, Vladimiro Cardenia
    Pages 119-134
  8. Francesca Cappellaro, Laura Cutaia, Giovanni Margareci, Simona Scalbi, Paola Sposato, Maria-Anna Segreto et al.
    Pages 135-148
  9. Annalisa Romani, Margherita Campo, Giovanni Lagioia, Manuela Ciani Scarnicci, Annarita Paiano
    Pages 165-179
  10. Gemma Cervantes, Luis G. Torres, Mariana Ortega
    Pages 181-194

About this book


The book is designed to help public and private decision-makers and academics deepen their knowledge and understanding of the contexts, obstacles and challenges of a variety of business types involved in Industrial Symbiosis and Circular Economy practices.

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, but relatively little is known of how these practices start, develop or fail, and mutate in a rapidly changing context.

Including selected contributions presented at the 24th ISDRS 2018 Conference, “Actions for a Sustainable World: from theory to practice” in the two theme tracks “5c. Circular economy, zero waste & innovation” and “5g. Industrial symbiosis, networking and cooperation as part of industrial ecology”, this book offers a transdisciplinary perspective on real experiences of industrial symbiosis, performed both by industries and the scientific community, best practices, success and unsuccessful 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. In particular, a focus on the environmental, social, and economic impact of Circular Economy and Industrial Symbiosis practices, and how those impacts may be context and/or scale dependent is given.


Industrial Ecology Zero Waste Resource and Energy Efficiency Waste Management Sharing Economy

Editors and affiliations

  • Roberta Salomone
    • 1
  • Andrea Cecchin
    • 2
  • Pauline Deutz
    • 3
  • Andrea Raggi
    • 4
  • Laura Cutaia
    • 5
  1. 1.University of MessinaMessinaItaly
  2. 2.North Dakota State UniversityFargoUSA
  3. 3.University of HullHullUK
  4. 4.“G. D’Annunzio” University of Chieti-PescaraPescaraItaly
  5. 5.ENEARomeItaly

About the editors

Roberta Salomone is Full Professor of Commodity Science at the University of Messina, Department of Economics, Italy.  She holds a Ph.D. in “Technology and Economics of Processes and Products for the Environmental Safeguard" (University of Catania, Italy). She participated to various research groups, also as national coordinator and she is, actually, author of more than 130 publications on national and international scientific journals, books and proceedings. She teaches Quality and Environmental Management, Industrial Ecology and Sustainability Management in bachelors, master degree, PhD courses and specialization courses. Her research is mainly on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and other environmental assessment and management systems and tools, Quality Management and Environmental Management, Industrial Ecology and Industrial Symbiosis and Circular Economy. She is member of the Board of the International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) from 01/01/2019.

Andrea Cecchin is a researcher and practitioner in the fields of sustainable development, circular economy, waste management, environmental assessment, urban planning and community engagement. He holds a PhD in environmental sciences from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy, and he is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Plant Sciences Department, North Dakota State University, USA, and an adjunct assistant professor at the Earth System Science & Policy Department, University of North Dakota, USA. Cecchin serves as a member of the International Sustainable Development Research Society, where he co-leads the working group “Circular Economy, Zero Waste and Innovation”. As researcher and consultant, he has worked in Europe, South and North America. He is an expert in designing and carrying out transdisciplinary action research projects, where stakeholders and local communities are actively engaged in the research process. Currently, he is leading a research project where wastes are used as construction materials in low-income communities to improve the resilience of human settlements to natural disasters.

Pauline Deutz is a Reader in Human Geography in the Department of Geography, Geology and Environment at the University of Hull, UK.  Following on from a multi-disciplinary training, with degrees in Geography and Geology, her research takes an interdisciplinary social science approach to the co-ordination of environmental issues with other social-economic priorities. Examples include: incorporation of industrial ecology/circular economy principles into economic development & resource management; integration of eco-design in product design; building the capacity for sustainability in waste management.  Currently she is coordinating the EU Marie Skłodowska Curie Innovative Training Network ‘Cresting: Circular Economy: sustainability implications and guiding progress’.  She is also the co-PI of ‘Evolving a Circular Plastics Economy’ funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Following six years as vice president of ISDRS, Pauline is President of ISDRS for 2019-2020.

Andrea Raggi is full professor of Industrial Ecology and related issues at the Dept. of Economic Studies, University “G. d’Annunzio”, Pescara, Italy. For 3 decades, he has carried out academic research and teaching. His research perspective includes environmental management systems, life cycle sustainability assessment, industrial ecology. His research is mainly of an interdisciplinary nature, also involving engagement with stakeholders (mainly industry); he has participated in various research projects involving multi- and inter-disciplinary collaborations, both at a national and international level. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications in national or international books, journals and conference proceedings.

Laura Cutaia is is a researchear at the Italian National Agency for New Technologies Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) with a background in raw materials engineering. Her research topics include Industrial Symbiosis and Technology for raw and secondary materials treatment among others. She is responsible for the Resources Valorisation Laboratory at ENEA, working on: circular economy and resource efficiency, LCA, environmental certification schemes, REACH and sustainable industrial areas. She is part of the Coordination Group of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP) and she is President of the UNI CT 057 on Circular Economy.

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