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Cleaner Production and Industrial Symbiosis

Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) and industrial symbiosis are strategies to make production processes and industrial parks more efficient and sustainable.

The focus is on preventive measures that significantly reduce the environmental impacts and the total costs of production processes to increase the competitiveness of the products produced while protecting the environment and maintaining the ecosystem services. The term resource efficient production highlights the increasing demand to significantly reduce resources consumption in production of goods or the provision of services and to seek a decoupling from economic growth.

The concept of industrial symbiosis / ecology fosters closed material cycles to reduce waste streams and end of pipe solutions (circular economy). In this process, entire industrial areas, business models, or even business policies have to be co-created and optimized based on the role model of natural ecosystems.

Institute for Ecopreneurship

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland School of Life Sciences, Institute for Ecopreneurship Hofackerstrasse 30 CH - 4132 Muttenz
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