New organisation launched to promote sustainable development through industrial ecology

Formed in late 2014, the Australian Industrial Ecology Network (AIEN) advocates the principles and concepts of industrial ecology in business practice, policy formation and public administration.

The AIEN will engage with organisations to encourage and help facilitate improved financial performance and enhanced environmental benefits. A core activity of the AIEN is to maintain a vibrant forum in which people can discuss ideas, seek advice from one another or simply keep in touch through the network with developments and best practice in their particular areas of interest.

Membership is open to any individual or organisation with an interest in sustainable development in which industry and our natural environment thrive so that society as a whole will prosper. The benefits of membership include:

  • Keeping in touch with news and up to day with relevant information
  • Opportunities for virtual and face-to-face networking
  • Advocacy and representation
  • Business opportunities e.g. in relation to conserving resources or generating clean energy.
  • ‘Roadside Assistance’ for organisations that need help in a hurry or to start a project.

Garbis Simonian, Chair of the AIEN said “The collaboration that occurs through the implementation of industrial ecology is extremely important to those of us who are committed to a sustainable future for Australia. The AIEN will provide leadership in the field, promote the exchange of ideas, foster networking and participate in establishing and developing new business opportunities”.

To find out more about the Australian Industrial Ecology Network please visit:

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