|The Finnish Society for Industrial Ecology
The Finnish Society for Industrial Ecology was established in spring 2004 and was registered as a non-profit association by The National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland in June 2006. The aim of the Society is to promote research on industrial ecology and to act as a link for researchers and others interested in the field. In order to carry out this aim the Society supports ideologically the research work of its members, organises seminars, debates and PR events. The Society also promotes in other similar ways the networking and professional competence of its members, engages in publishing activities and is in collaboration with other similar Societies in Finland and abroad.
The Society organises annual seminars and conferences focusing on current topics and developments in industrial ecology and other closely related fields of research. The Finnish Society for Industrial Ecology has about 250 members (individual and corporate). In 2015 the chair of the Society is Jouni Korhonen (University of Helsinki) and the secretary Heidi Pirtonen.
Industrial ecology is the research of physical material and energy flows to promote environmental protection and sustainable development with a systems perspective. Flows are examined within the human economic system and between the economic system and the natural ecosystem. Research concentrates especially on raw material, fuel, energy, waste and emission flows, which the industrial society produces and also on economic costs related to these flows.
Industrial ecology produces added value to the dominant environmental administration and management by examining broad systems and entities with a systems analytical approach, such as a product’s value chain, supply chains and life cycles, process integration and business networks in industrial- and business parks and also in regional systems.