Exploring the potential for Industrial Symbiosis in Brazilian small scale sugarcane industry using Agent Based Modelling

Victoria Santos

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Chemical Engineer, MSc. on Energy Planing. Currently is PhD Fellow of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Guest PhD researcher at Delft University of Technology with research on the use of industrial symbiosis approach in smaller scale agro-industrial systems - mainly related to modern bio-based economy development. Worked for three years in the petrochemical sector and also work as consultant in LCA, sustainability management and academic innovation projects. Nowadays is dedicated to the PhD and is also founding member of the Brazilian Circular Economy network called "NEC - Nucleo de Economia Circular". A message taken for life: "Just imagine if 7 billion people on the planet treated each other with love and respect. Imagine what we could accomplish"


Brazil figures among the main producers of agro-commodities worldwide. Its sugarcane industry is responsible for 39% of the sugar and 28% of the ethanol being currently transacted. 88% of this production comes from larger... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Victoria Santos (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro)
  2. Igor Nikolic (Delft University of Technology)
  3. Andrea Ramirez (Delft University of Technology)

Topic Areas

• Complexity, resilience and sustainability , • Industrial ecology in developing countries , • Industrial symbiosis and eco-industrial development


TS-21 » Industrial Symbiosis Case studies (15:30 - Tuesday, 27th June, Room F)

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