Exploring Space, Exploiting Opportunities
7 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2014
Date Written: December 2014
Industrial ecology (IE) has recognized the relevance of space in various areas of the field. In particular, industrial symbiosis has argued for proximity and the colocation of firms to reduce emissions and costs from transport. But, space is also relevant for industrial ecosystems more widely. These spatial principles have rarely been spelled out analytically and this article does so. From economic geography, we now have frameworks and analytical tools to undertake this kind of analysis. Using the example of ports and their hinterland, we argue for spatial analyses in IE.
Keywords: eco‐industrial park (EIP), geographic proximity, geography, networks, industrial ecology, industrial symbiosis
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