Industrial Ecology (IE) is an interdisciplinary knowledge that proposes the
analogy between natural and industrial ecosystem, in order to identify
similarities in the processes of transformation and reuse of materials and
energy. This paper presents the historical / epistemological construction of
IE, the development of the area from a literature review and the cienciometry
about the content. For this purpose, the CAPES Portal of Periodicals, the Web
of Science database and the VOSviewer software were used. It was verified
that IE began to be diffused in the 1960’s without the current significance.
Later it was verified that IE started to be perceived as a strategy for the
operationalization of sustainable development. Most IE papers are produced
in the USA (31.56%) and use Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Material Flow
Analysis (MFA). Brazilian researches, represented by CNPq research groups,
are concentrated in the south-southeast regions, with few national cases,
since there are isolated initiatives that were not studied until now, or even
not understood as IE by the managers.
Sousa, L. H. dos S. S., & da Silva, E. A. (2018). INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY: HISTORICAL EVOLUTION AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. Brazilian Journal of Environmental Sciences (Online), (50), 162–182. https://doi.org/10.5327/Z2176-947820180403