ORIGINAL RESEARCH
A System Dynamics Approach to Eco-Industry System Effects and Trends
Huilu Yu 1, 2
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Suocheng Dong 1
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Fei Li 1  
 
 
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Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
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College of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Ludong University, Yantai, China
Online publish date: 2018-11-16
Submission date: 2017-09-07
Final revision date: 2018-03-18
Acceptance date: 2018-03-25
 
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Ecological industry can be thought of as a move toward sustainable development while reducing waste and avoiding pollution, especially in resource-based cities. This study presents a system dynamics approach to analyzing the environmental and economic effects of the eco-industry system by simulating long-term trends. Focusing on West China’s typical coal-based city of Huinong, a system dynamics model named industry-effect-policy system dynamics (IEP-SD) has been designed to evaluate the integrated effects of the industrial system. The simulation results indicate progressive environmental and economic benefits of the eco-industry system, along with prospective economic growth. In addition, the model identifies some defects and disadvantages of western China’s typical industry system, such as the extensive increase of local policy-preferential industrial sectors, limited and torpid development of other industries, and a certain level of industrial structure instability. An industrial structure coordination option is finally offered and then proved by the model to balance local environmental and economic effects.
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Fei Li   
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 11A Datun Road, 100101 Beijing, China
eISSN:2083-5906
ISSN:1230-1485