Building green supply chains in eco-industrial parks towards a green economy: Barriers and strategies

Jacqueline Li, Shu Yuan Pan, Hyunook Kim, Jean H. Linn, Pen Chi Chiang

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Abstract

As suggested by UNEP, the key to sustainable development is to create a "green economy" which should encapsulate all three sectors: the industry, the people, and the government. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop and implement the green technologies into the existing facilities, especially in the developing countries. In this study, the role of green supply chains in eco-industrial parks (EIPs) towards a green economy was investigated. The strategies and effective evaluation procedures of the green economy were proposed by assessing the barriers from the perspective of institution, regulation, technology, and finance. In addition, three case studies from iron and steel-making, paper mill and pulping, and petrochemical industries were presented and illustrated for building the green supply chains. For example, in the case of Lin-Hai Industrial Park, a total of 15 efficient green supply chains using waste-to-resources technologies were established by 2012, resulting in an economic benefit of USD 100 million per year. It suggests that the green supply chains should be established to achieve both economic growth and environmental protection. With these successful experiences, building a green supply chain within industrial park should be extensively promoted to make traditional industries around the world being environmentally bearable, economic viable, and social equitable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-170
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Volume162
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • CO reduction
  • Industrial park
  • Iron and steel-making industry
  • Paper and pulping industry
  • Petrochemical industry
  • Waste-to-resource

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