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Industrial ecology and eco-industrial development: A potential paradigm for local and regional development?

David Gibbs, Pauline Deutz and Amy Proctor

Regional Studies, 2005, vol. 39, issue 2, 171-183

Abstract: Gibbs, D., Deutz, P. and Proctor, A. (2005) Industrial ecology and eco-industrial development: a potential paradigm for local and regional development?, Regional Studies 39 , 171-183. Increasingly, concepts such as sustainable development and ecological modernization have entered into local and regional economic policies and strategies. However, integrating environmental and economic aims has proved difficult, despite arguments that sustainability enables 'win-win-win' solutions. Eco-industrial development is a recent policy initiative that attempts to integrate economic, social and environmental aims in a concrete form. Derived from concepts of industrial ecology, eco-industrial developments seek to increase business competitiveness, reduce waste and pollution, create jobs, and improve working conditions. While these initiatives are said to offer a new basis for local and regional development, there has been little critical evaluation of eco-industrial development.

Keywords: Eco-industrial development; Industrial ecology; Regions; Local economy; Developpment eco-industriel; Ecologie industrielle; Regions; Economie locale; Oko-industrielle; Entwicklung; Industrielle Okologie; Regionen ortliche; Wirtschaft; Desarrollo eco-industrial; Ecologia industrial; Regiones; Economia local; JEL classifications: L52; R38; R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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DOI: 10.1080/003434005200059959

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