Clayton, Anthony; Muirhead, John; Reichgelt, Han
Author Affiliation, Ana.
University of the West Indies Centre for Environment and Development
Enabling industrial symbiosis through a web-based waste exchange
Greener management international
Date of Publication
Industrial ecology is a new approach to production that entails redesigning and zoning industrial processes in order to recover or eliminate waste, thereby increasing profitability and competitiveness while reducing environmental problems. Although the approach has its genesis in high-income industrial countries, the approach may offer solutions to many of the problems facing developing countries. However, its implementation demands that some of the issues relating to innovation and the dissemination and uptake of new management concepts and technologies be addressed. This paper describes an attempt to adapt an internet-based market mechanism to support the preliminary stages of the development of an industrial ecosystem in a relatively poor country, namely Jamaica. The software was developed in Australia but had to be extensively adapted to the Jamaican environment via an iterative process of user-requirement capture. The paper describes the various stages required in the specification and establishment of an electronic web-based waste exchange in a relatively poor economy.....