Industrial Ecology in a Developing Context

  • Marian R. Chertow


Industrial ecology has emerged in recent years as a new multi-disciplinary field at the nexus of environmental science, engineering, business, and policy. Reflecting a systems view, industrial ecology sees industry embedded in the natural systems that surround it. This chapter offers explanations of industrial ecology concepts as well as practical examples and short case descriptions. It examines principles of industrial ecology; describes its core elements including design for environment, lifecycle analysis, material flow analysis, and industrial symbiosis; reviews policy approaches, discusses the relevance of industrial ecology in a developing world context, and discusses the parallel relationship of industrial ecology to the notion of the circular economy as it is developing in China.


Supply Chain Life Cycle Assessment Circular Economy Industrial Ecology Develop Context 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marian R. Chertow
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  1. 1.Industrial Environmental Management ProgramYale School of Forestry and Environmental StudiesUSA

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