LANDFILL-BASED INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS AS A TOOL FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT ENHACEMENT

Natalija Cudecka-Purina, Dzintra Atstaja

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Abstract

In the context of circular economy industrial symbiosis is gaining its popularity as a basis for resource efficiency by saving raw materials and waste prevention. Key concept of industrial symbiosis is to ensure that one industry's waste becomes another industries raw material. It is considered that it can generate the highest environmental, social and economic benefits as well as business opportunities, but at the same time the highest business risks followed by utility sharing and planning and management are to be addressed. Latvia is currently entering the stage of transition towards circular economy. When speaking of circular economy, it has to be stated that it appeared in the literature through recycling, recovery and reuse and is most commonly associated with waste management. The aim of the research is to analyse Latvian municipal waste landfills as starting points for industrial symbiosis, thus fostering regional economic development. The research is based on quantitative and qualitative methods, including data analysis (primary and secondary data), systems dynamics and mathematical modelling. Main results and findings of the study are development of landfill's resource equations, which can be applied to any landfill in order to identify most valuable internal resources that can be offered for industrial symbiosis Theoretical and practical implications of the research are in development of a methodologically justified. The authors develop a set of modules, which can be attracted for industrial symbiosis. Main conclusions of the research are that implementation of industrial symbiosis on a landfill basis allows company to undertake risk diversification, consequently decreasing their current direct dependence from landfilled waste volume.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNEW CHALLENGES OF ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - 2017
Subtitle of host publicationDigital Economy : Proceedings
Place of PublicationRiga
PublisherUniversity of Latvia
Pages116-125
ISBN (Print)978-9934-18-286-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Scientific Conference “New Challenges of Economic and Business Development – 2017: Digital Economy” - Riga, Latvia
Duration: 18 May 201720 May 2017
Conference number: 9

Conference

Conference9th International Scientific Conference “New Challenges of Economic and Business Development – 2017: Digital Economy”
Country/TerritoryLatvia
CityRiga
Period18/05/1720/05/17

Keywords

  • circular economy
  • regional development
  • waste management

Field of Science

  • 5.2 Economy and Business

Publication Type

  • 3.1. Articles or chapters in proceedings/scientific books indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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