A Framework for Modeling Local Production Systems with Techno‐Ecological Interactions

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Elias Martinez‐Hernandez

University of Bath

Melissa Yuling Leung Pah Hang

University of Surrey - Centre for Environmental Strategy

Matthew Leach

University of Surrey

Aidong Yang

University of Oxford

Date Written: August 2017

Abstract

At the local scale, interconnected production, consumption, waste management, and other man‐made technological components interact with local ecosystem components to form a local production system. The purpose of this work is to develop a framework for the conceptual characterization and mathematical modeling of a local production system to support the assessment of process and component options that potentially create symbiosis between industry and ecosystem. This framework has been applied to a case study to assess options for the establishment of a local energy production system that involves a heathland ecosystem, bioenergy production, and wastewater treatment. We found that the framework is useful to analyze the two‐way interactions between these components in order to obtain insight into the behavior and performance of the bioenergy production system. In particular, the framework enables exploring the levels of the ecosystem states that allow continuous provisioning of resources in order to establish a sustainable techno‐ecological system.

Keywords: bioenergy, industrial ecology, localized production, symbiosis, systems modeling, techno‐ecological system

Suggested Citation

Martinez‐Hernandez, Elias and Leung Pah Hang, Melissa Yuling and Leach, Matthew and Yang, Aidong, A Framework for Modeling Local Production Systems with Techno‐Ecological Interactions (August 2017). Journal of Industrial Ecology, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 815-828, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3013919 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jiec.12481

Elias Martinez‐Hernandez (Contact Author)

University of Bath ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Melissa Yuling Leung Pah Hang

University of Surrey - Centre for Environmental Strategy

University of Surrey
Guildford, GU2 7XH
United Kingdom

Matthew Leach

University of Surrey

Guildford
Guildford, Surrey GU2 5XH
United Kingdom

Aidong Yang

University of Oxford ( email )

Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
United Kingdom

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