This contribution to the Journal of Cleaner Production special issue ‘Applications of Industrial Ecology’ is based upon an extensive literature review, which produced four criteria to characterise research on the concept of industrial ecology (IE). The criteria are (1) material and energy flows, (2) systems improvement, (3) systems adaptation and (4) change management. The criteria were analysed against the six subject areas of the Technology and Climate Change (CLIMTECH) Research Programme in Finland to identify the applications of the concept of industrial ecology. The results of the analysis contribute (a) to the debate on the characteristics of the emerging concept of IE, (b) show IE characteristics of a large Finnish research project in the field of climate change mitigation and (c) invite scholars in the field to study the observed unclear and fuzzy role of the concept of IE in practical research project work. Responses to this article are encouraged for publication in the future issues of Journal of Cleaner Production.
- industrial ecology
- industrial ecosystem
- climate change
Korhonen, J., Savolainen, I., & Ohlström, M. (2004). Applications of the industrial ecology concept in a research project: Technology and Climate Change (CLIMTECH) Research in Finland. Journal of Cleaner Production, 12(8-10), 1087-1097. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2004.02.007