Resource inventory for fostering industrial symbiosis practices

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In this paper, we investigate the potential environmental benefits obtainable in Industrial Symbiotic Networks (ISNs) in case firms stock wastes when the demand is lower than supply. We design multiagent-based simulations to model the spontaneous emergence and operations of ISNs over time where firms are involved in substitution-based symbiotic relationships. In each simulation, we compute: 1) the amount of resources saved with respect to the amount of produced wastes; and 2) the amount of resources not saved because of the lack of inventory compared to the produced amounts. Results show that waste stocking could be a useful strategy to reduce the negative effects of the waste market dynamicity on the match between demand and supply.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods and tools for the implementation of industrial symbiosis
Subtitle of host publicationBest practices and business cases in Italy
EditorsErika Mancuso, Valentina Fantin
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)978-88-8286-358-6
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2017
Event1st Symbiosis User Network Conference 2017 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 25 Oct 201725 Oct 2017


Conference1st Symbiosis User Network Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleSUN


  • Industrial Symbiotic Networks
  • Inventories
  • Multiagent-Based Simulations


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