Objective of the project

The objective of the research of strategic eco-industrial networks is to facilitate the development of new eco-industrial networks that advance dematerialization. Specifically, the study will answer the research questions:

  1. What forms of eco-industrial network with the potential to advance environmental sustainability can be identified in the literature? What is the principal operational logic and architecture of these network forms?

  2. What kind of existing industrial networks have the potential to transform towards strategic eco-industrial networks?

  3. What are the drivers for the development of radically new strategic eco-industrial networks? Where, how and by whom are they initiated?

Performance of the study

The project will be carried out between 1.4.2012 – 31.10.2014 as a part of DemaNet project. DemaNet is part of the Tekes Green Growth technology program. Strategic Eco-Industrial Networks – project is performed by Lappeenranta University of Technology and University of Jyväskylä. The project started in 2012 by a systematic literature review about forms of eco-industrial networks which have the potential to advance environmental sustainability. Then, during 2013-1014, Lappeenranta University of Technology will concentrate on potential of existing industrial networks to transform towards strategic eco-industrial networks and University of Jyväskylä will study the development of radically new strategic eco-industrial networks.

Outcomes of the project

The study creates new knowledge about the forms of eco-industrial networks in advancing environmental sustainability by integrating insights from the literature streams of industrial networks, industrial symbiosis, and interorganizational research. The study also increases the understanding about the development of strategic eco-industrial networks by identifying opportunities and modes to develop existing networks towards more sustainable and the potential for create radically new strategic eco-industrial networks to advance dematerialization and increase competitiveness.

More information

Anne Jalkala, Lappeenranta University of Technology
anne.jalkala (at) lut.fi, tel. +358 40 128 2884

Hanna-Leena Pesonen, University of Jyväskylä
hanna-leena.pesonen (at) jyu.fi; tel. +358 50 373 2132