—Industrial areas are a fundamental element of territorial development, since they can promote growth, jobs and entrepreneurship. Nevertheless the excessive exploitation of raw materials, the use of non-renewable energy resources, the emission of pollutants and waste production have up to now represented a weakness in the present production model. In this context Mediterranean Eco-Industrial Development (MEID) project, funded by the European program MED, aims to define a joint model to plan, build and manage sustainable Industrial Areas in the Mediterranean region, improving sustainable development and SMEs competitiveness. The model intends to enhance capacities and develop decision tools for Competent Authorities and Industrial Area Managers to integrate environmental friendly solutions into the Regional and Interregional Industrial Development Strategies. An incremental approach has been adopted to ensure the model applicability to new industrial areas, as well as already operating non structured and structured areas. Fundamental parts of the management model are high level infrastructures and innovative services to support SMEs to create networks, exploit the eco-innovation opportunities and face the challenges of the Green economy.
—Industrial development strategies, Mediterranean Region, MEID project, Sustainable Industrial Areas.
The authors are with ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), Italy (e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite:A. Dominici Loprieno, M. Tarantini, R. Preka, and M. Litido, "The Mediterranean Eco-Industrial Development Model," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 365-369, 2013.