Received: 2020-04-22  |  Accepted: 2020-06-20  |  Published: 2020-09-30

Title

Circular economy and eco-innovation in Italian industrial clusters. Best practices from Prato textile cluster


Abstract

The transition of Italian industrial clusters towards more circular and sustainable models of production could lead to substantial environmental, economic and societal benefits. The aim of this paper is to analyse which specific types of eco-innovations could lead to the implementation of circular economy in industrial clusters. The paper intends to do so not only performing a theoretical analysis but also exploring the case study of the Prato textile industrial cluster that, through the introduction of different circular and symbiotic measures has been able to significantly reduce its environmental impact and at the same time thrive and succeed.


Keywords

circular economy, eco-innovation, industrial symbiosis, industrial clusters


JEL classifications

F02 , L60 , O32


URI

http://jssidoi.org/ird/article/44


DOI


HAL


Pages

661-676


Funding

The publishing was supported by Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Center, Lithuania

This is an open access issue and all published articles are licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Authors

Mazzoni, Francesca
University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy http://www.unife.it
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Journal title

Insights into Regional Development

Volume

2


Number

3


Issue date

September 2020


Issue DOI


ISSN

ISSN 2345-0282 (online)


Publisher

VšĮ Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Center, Vilnius, Lithuania

Cited

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