A Heuristic Approach to Cultivate Symbiosis in Industrial Clusters Led by Process Industry

  • Amtul Samie Maqbool
  • Giustino Emilio Piccolo
  • Brecht Zwaenepoel
  • Greet Van Eetvelde
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 68)

Abstract

This paper introduces a heuristic approach for industrial symbiosis (IS) facilitators to investigate and instigate better energy and resource management via synergies across process industries. The proposed method studies the industrial system at three levels; regional, cluster and company. At the company level, in-depth information is collected using a pentagonal LESTS (Legal, Economic, Spatial, Technical, Social) survey, which is formulated after weighing the regional effects on the whole system. At the cluster level, an inventory of technological and organisational opportunities is produced, offering leverage for IS activities. A gap analysis between the IS potential of the cluster and the IS appreciation on the industrial sites is visualised via LESTS pentagons. The coupled investigation at company and cluster level results in a list of realisable IS activities, which is then translated into business strategies for each participating company using a SWOT analysis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amtul Samie Maqbool
    • 1
  • Giustino Emilio Piccolo
    • 1
  • Brecht Zwaenepoel
    • 1
  • Greet Van Eetvelde
    • 1
  1. 1.Energy and Cluster Management, Faculty of Engineering and ArchitectureGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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