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Industrial symbiosis and biofuels industry: Business value and organisational factors within cases of ethanol and biogas production
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (Industrial Symbiosis)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6331-9890
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (Industrial Symbiosis)
Lantmännen Agroetanol AB, Norrköping.
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Abstract [en]

Industrial symbiosis (IS) involves collaborations among diverse, and predominantly local and re- gional, actors that create additional economic and environmental value through by-product ex- changes, utility and service sharing, and joint innovations. While the importance of IS for the de- velopment of biofuels is commonly recognised hypothetically, this study aims at advancing under- standing of the actual contribution provided in two real life examples–one focusing on grain-based ethanol production and the other focusing on biogas production in a co-digestion unit. Moreover, this study highlights the importance of organisational factors that help shape, and explain relevant organizational and inter-organizational behaviour relevant for emergence and development of suc- cessful symbiotic partnerships – here referred to as “social determinants”.

Studied cases provide clear insights on multiple business and environmental benefits of IS. Reduc- ing input and operational costs, increasing material and energy productivity, creatively improving access to substrate with improved social acceptance, reducing exposure to market volatilities, and providing improved environmental performance–with market differentiation advantages–are among key impacts observed. Moreover, IS strategies are also found to enable creation of new mar- kets, assist the evolution towards more complex bio-refineries, and help with recognising biofuel industry as an integral part of sustainable resource use at a wider societal level.

With regards to organisational determinants of synergistic partnerships, the findings of the study reinforce the importance of organisational proximity, alignment of strategic objectives and organi- sational cultures, intensity and quality of communication, inter-organisational knowledge exchange and learning, formulation of effective and efficient governance mechanisms, trust building, and level of support from different public governance bodies. While the organisational proximity pro- vided by common ownership and being part of the same organisational field assists synergy devel- opment in initial phases, as the parties accumulate relevant capabilities, they are able to move to- wards more complex and more rewarding partnerships. The findings also emphasise that with dedi- cated support from governance bodies, particularly at the local and regional levels, development of knowledge-, relational- and mobilisation capacities for IS can be enhanced, and these can catalyse accelerated development of synergistic relations benefiting both the biofuel industry and the wider society. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: The Swedish Knowledge Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels , 2017. , p. 54
Series
f3 The Swedish Knowledge Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels ; 2017:11
Keywords [en]
industrial symbiosis, industrial and urban symbiosis, biofuels, bio-based economy, renewable energy, collaboration
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Environmental Management Renewable Bioenergy Research Energy Systems Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-143119OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-143119DiVA, id: diva2:1179307
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Linköpings universitetAvailable from: 2018-01-31 Created: 2018-01-31 Last updated: 2018-02-01Bibliographically approved

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