Industrial Ecology

Authored by: Tao Wang , T. E. Graedel

Encyclopedia of Environmental Science and Engineering

Print publication date:  June  2012
Online publication date:  June  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439804421
eBook ISBN: 9780203757659
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EESE6-120048525

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Abstract

As an emerging field, industrial ecology has a long list of areas where research and development are needed. Experimental industrial ecology needs to complete a set of analytical tools. Applied objectives can be fulfilled through maintaining the progress of design for environment, developing the policy-related aspects of industrial ecology, and promoting industrial ecology in developing countries. The tasks are substantial, but carrying them out is likely to provide a crucial framework for society in the next few decades, as we seek to reconcile our use of Earth's resources with the ultimate sustainability of the planet and its inhabitants, human and otherwise.

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