Achieving Energy Efficiency Through Industrial Symbiosis: A Conceptual Framework


The rising energy prices have drawn a focus to global energy issues and the severe pollution that has resulted from energy-intensive industrial sectors has yet to be addressed. To solve these industrial problems, much attention has been focused on Green Manufacturing and Industrial sustainability. By combining Energy Efficiency (EE) with Industrial Symbiosis (IS), the practices of efficient energy utilization and improvement can be not only enriched at the factory level but also upgraded into 'within and/or between firm level'. A majority of the existing literature on IS have emphasized environmental and social perspectives, while only a few articles from an energy management perspective can provide a potential solution to the worldwide energy scarcity problem. Based on the research gaps, a conceptual framework is needed to enable industries/firms to make the best use of limited energy through IS. Based on literature review and industrial review, a preliminary framework is developed to provide guidelines to initiate the proposed research. Specifically, the process of achieving EE through IS can be divided into three main steps: Identifying 'hot spots' of waste energy - Identifying 'cold spots' of energy demand - Matching. The academic contribution of this research provides a conceptual framework of energy management through IS, filling the existing research gap in IS from an energy point of view. This paper will deliver practical outcomes, including a systematic process of enabling local governments and companies to make the best use of limited energy through IS.

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Yuanjun Chen, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, UK
Yongjiang Shi, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, UK

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Conference: ACSEE2016
Stream: Energy: Renewable Energy and Environmental Solutions

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