Eco-Industrial Parks and Clusters: An Application of Industrial Ecology
Ray Côté, Director, Eco-Efficiency Centre and Professor, School for Resource
and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University
2 Vidito Drive
Burnside Industrial Park
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B3B 1P9 Canada
1-902-461-6704  rcote@dal.ca
By concentrating businesses, industrial and business parks provide opportunities for synergies and symbioses that can improve resource efficiency, reduce environmental impacts, create new businesses and retain jobs.
This poster summarizes applied research on Industrial Parks as Ecosystems, a project that has been established to identify and assess eco-industrial development principles, strategies, guidelines and support systems with particular emphasis on industrial parks.  The project has investigated the significance of industrial "food" webs and material life cycles as well as the importance of connectedness in establishing stable yet resilient industrial ecosystems.

From this research has emerged The Burnside Ecosystem Model which differs in many ways from the Kalundborg industrial symbiosis model. The latter involves symbiotic arrangements between several large industries, the farmers and the community in which industrial by-products are used directly by others. In the Burnside case, the use of materials and by-products is mediated by a large number of "scavengers and decomposer" businesses that reuse, repair, remanufacture and recycle materials and products. The poster identifies four influences that have supported the evolution of the Burnside system: policies, regulations, economic instruments and information. [Poster]


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7:00 AM-5:00 PM, Thursday, 20 October 2005, Oral

The Nova Scotia, Canada 2005 Meeting