International Society for Industrial Ecology

IE in the larger science of sustainability

  • 22 Sep 2009 4:15 PM
    Message # 221533
    To activate the forum we propose discussing industrial ecology as it is represented in the larger science of sustainability.
    Last modified: 22 Sep 2009 4:15 PM | Anonymous
  • 19 Oct 2009 4:06 AM
    Reply # 232225 on 221533
    At the Lisboa ISIE conference, we (that is, Edgar Hertwich, Reid Lifset and me) tried to initiate a discussion on the question "Which keys to a sustainability transition can Industrial Ecology provide?". We plan to discuss
    • what is the challenge? What kind of knowledge is required?
    • what does IE have to offer? What can it contribute?
    • what is missing? what needs further development?
    I see the challenge in achieving something that is not just incremental, but transformative change - current trends of resource use must not be continued. We need to deal both with resource scarcity and with pollution issues. The challenge is really about the re-invention of an industrial social metabolism, viable for the globe in the medium and long term, on the basis of a whole number of new technological pathways and solutions.

    As a first step to find out what IE has to offer, we will try a (quantitative) content analysis of the IE-journal so far.

    Contributions from the members, particularly on what they think the most important tasks for IE are, are highly welcome!

  • 08 Jan 2011 2:07 PM
    Reply # 491712 on 221533

    Hi Marina,

    You made lots of interesting observations and questions regarding IE. I'm currently finalizing a paper addressing most of the questions you have raised. This paper is expected to be done with the next week. This will be submitted to the Special Issue of Journal of Sustainability (Special Issue in Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment). I suggested you as a reviewer of this paper.



    Anthony Halog, PhD, MBA
    Certified Life Cycle Assessment Professional
    Research Group for Industrial Ecology, LCA and Systems Sustainability (IELCASS)
    University of Maine, 5755 Nutting Hall
    Orono, Maine 04469-5775
    Tel: +1-207-581-2944
    “Understand the Implications of our Personal Actions to Global Awareness. Or, Translate our One Global  Awareness into Respective Personal Actions”  - Anthony Halog



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