The supply chain implications of industrial symbiosis

Luca Fraccascia* (Corresponding Author), Devrim Murat Yazan

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This paper proposes an enterprise input-output model to assess the impacts created by industrial symbiosis (IS) on traditional supply chains for production inputs, triggered by resource use change. The model is capable of measuring a variety of sustainability indicators such as resource and waste savings, total energy use reduction, employment creation, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, the model can be used to analyze IS exchanges from a dynamic perspective, since it is able to take into account dynamic scenarios in wastes production and inputs requirement. A numerical example is presented to show how the model works. This example shows how the impacts of IS strongly depend on the combined effects of upstream supply chains topology, waste treatment processes, and waste-input substitution rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-72
Number of pages12
JournalProcedia Environmental Science, Engineering and Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event22nd International Trade Fair of Material & Energy Recovery and Sustainable Development2018 - Rimini, Italy
Duration: 6 Nov 20189 Nov 2018
Conference number: 22


  • Circular economy
  • Industrial symbiosis input-output
  • Supply chains
  • Sustainability


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