Industrial ecology, a strategy combining the economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development?[Research paper] by Elodie Payre


The author was part of the "Alternative Management" third year program in HEC Paris in 2007/2008.

The purpose of this dissertation is to analyse a new business model, which takes into account environmental constraints, and to assess its economic relevance. Does it add value ? Industrial ecology, the concept studied in this paper, considers « the industrial system as a specific case of ecosystem » and aims at making its running compatible with the one of biological ecosystems. The exchange of material and energy flows as well as the common use of services could enable companies to save money and to earn additional incomes (increased resource efficiency, selling of by-products to commercial partners, implementation of synergies). Can profit-making and nature conservation really go together as many people coming from both the academic and the business worlds, who are convinced by the assertion of the « triple bottom line », maintain? If the answer is yes, what are the necessary conditions to achieve this double economic and environmental objective ?

Quote article  Elodie Payre, « Industrial ecology, a strategy combining the economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development? », 30 january 2009, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Research paper]

In the same section

innocent: “making life a little bit easier, a little bit better” - Meeting with Nicolas Marotte, General Director, innocent France


[Proceedings] : Sabrina Gonçalves Krebsbach

After a long and dazzling carrer in marketing at Danone, a socially responsible company, Nicolas Marotte is innocent’s Juices & Smoothies French division’s CEO. innocent is an original brand in the world of consumer goods thanks to its diverse social committments – visible in particular...

>>Read more

Ecological Footprint and sustainable Diet


[Essay] : Claire Nativel

Over the past few years, a responsible consumption movement has emerged: organic, local and seasonal consumption have become the new creeds for consumers who want to reduce their impact on the environment. But what do they choose between an organic non-local apple and a non-organic local apple? Do...

>>Read more

Creating A World Without Poverty - by Muhammad Yunus

[Reading report]

[Reading report] : Camille Portejoie

The challenges of the twenty-first century are significant: climate change, gap widening between the rich and the poor, demographical growth, globalization. Is it possible to solve these problems in our economical and political system? Which institutions, which businesses would be able to face...

>>Read more

The new social criticism - by the Collectif République des Idées

[Reading report]

[Reading report] : Françoise d'Estais

This book is a compendium of six articles that were published in Le Monde between November 2005 and April 2006, a text by Martin Hirsch and an introduction by Pierre Rozanvallon and Thierry Pech.The authors postulate that the French social unrest relies on the inability to set and decipher the...

>>Read more

Immigration: Myths and Realities - by Claire Rodier and Emmanuel Terray

[Reading report]

[Reading report] : Guillaume Tellez

Many cons-truths on immigration are circulating in the French society. Immigration would thus be primarily the result of very poor people with no qualification and would have a negative impact on public accounts. Consequently, Western societies must “choose” their migrants and no longer...

>>Read more

With the same theme

With the same doctype

Research paper

The Movement of Social Entrepreneurs: a... This dissertation aims at analyzing the... by Domitille Harb
Perceptions of homeless persons and... The person “on the street” has... by Alix Peillon
Industrial ecology, a strategy... The purpose of this dissertation is to... by Elodie Payre
Energy self-sufficiency with renewable... Our economic and social model is not... by Alexis Lemeillet
Carbon offset operators in France: How... Very different actors participate in... by Néné Maïga
The arguments of the debates on German... Codetermination is a form of corporate... by Fabien Hildwein
The Resort to Belgium of French people... Facing a major lack of appropriate... by Elsa Walwer
Les politiques de "diversité des... For several years, companies have been... by Aude Burel
The historical construction of the... In the Age of Antiquity, labour was a... by Anne-Laure Alloncle
How do consumers perceive cause-related... Companies increasingly rely on joint... by Juliette Bertrand