Since the early days of industrialisation industrial economy has been following a linear model of resource consumption that follows a take-make-dispose pattern. Industrial symbiosis is an approach which closes the loop in the material and energy flows contributing to a circular economy model and represents a shift from the traditional industrial model in which wastes are considered the norm, to integrated systems in which everything has its use.
Industrial symbiosis is part of the industrial ecology concept, that uses the natural ecosystem as an analogy for human industrial activity. The principal objective of industrial ecology is to restructure the industrial system by optimising resource use, closing material loops and minimising emissions, promoting de-materialisation and reducing and eliminating the dependence on non-renewable energy sources. While industrial ecology is principally concerned with the flow of materials and energy through systems at different scales, from products to factories and up to national and global levels; industrial symbiosis focuses on these flows through industrial networks in local and regional economies.
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