Industrial Symbiosis Ltd (not-for-profit)

Partnering to help strengthen our global impact

Some development opportunities require delivery at cost, and to enable this to happen we established Industrial Symbiosis Limited, an independent not-for-profit company, that provides an opportunity to continue sharing our expertise around the world on projects without profit.

We invest our resources in this way to continue to advance industrial symbiosis as the circular economy in action.  Our staff are encouraged to bring these development opportunities to the management team’s attention for consideration.

Current Industrial Symbiosis Limited projects include:-

Switch Africa Green: GhISP – Implementing Industrial Symbiosis and Environmental Management Systems for SMEs in Three Regions in Ghana

Businesses in Ghana face substantial economic and environmental challenges.  Through SWITCH Africa (Green) we have partnered with the Ghana Chamber of Commerce to build capacity in industrial symbiosis to help meet those challenges.

Switch Africa Green: Enhancing Resource Productivity and Environmental Performance of MSMEs in 6 African Countries Through The Concept of Industrial Symbiosis

Supporting an industrial waste assessment project to prepare six African countries to introduce industrial symbiosis as an approach to enhance resource productivity and environmental performance of micro and small enterprises (MSMEs). One of the main aims of the project is introduce a standardised approach to industrial waste classification which will enable the participating countries to identify existing flow of wastes generated with a view to determining opportunities for industrial symbiosis.   The project is led by the African Round Table on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP) who are working closely with Industrial Symbiosis Limited.

 The project will draw on the expertise of the project partners who will work with in-country representatives from National Cleaner Production Centres in South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius and Uganda working together with the Women’s Environmental Programme in Burkina Faso.

Transitional Regions towards Industrial Symbiosis (TRIS)

The Transitional Regions toward Industrial Symbiosis (TRIS) project aims to enable a systemic uptake of Industrial Symbiosis in 5 European regions, supporting policy makers to increase the competitiveness of their SMEs by introducing industrial symbiosis practices.

Industrial Symbiosis Ltd will play both an advisory and dissemination role, acting as a bridge between the consortium and the European perspective. The consortium exhibits a diverse interregional cooperation in terms of geography, productive system and maturity of industrial symbiosis practices: the City of Birmingham, project leader, is the most advanced, Hungary and Emilia-Romagna regions have already tested pilot projects, while Småland och Öarna and Valencia regions have approached the topic more recently.


-Identify facilitating elements and obstacles and embed them in (or remove them from) the appropriate policy instruments.

-Reach out and engage with the actors that can drive and/or be impacted by the change and involve them in structured local networks.

TRIS is determined to cause the following CHANGES and accomplish the following RESULTS:

-Raising awareness on the concepts of industrial symbiosis and its economic and environmental benefits

-Causing a mind-shift and building a cooperation culture in the stakeholder groups (including SMEs and policy actors)

-Standardize industrial symbiosis practices into regional policy instruments

-Launching tangible initiatives in the regions: reaching out to more SMEs, supporting their business with new industrial symbiosis cases/projects, preventing industrial waste production, testing new governance models.

-Bringing industrial symbiosis to a higher position in the European policy agenda.

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