Policy & Advocacy

International Synergies has been instrumental in bringing industrial symbiosis into mainstream policy and industry practice:

  • Industrial Symbiosis is incorporated into Birmingham’s ‘Big City Plan’ as a key tool to support sustainable regional economic development strategies (2011);
  • Industrial Symbiosis highlighted as key policy tool and ‘Innovative approach to achieving resource efficiency’ in the European Commission’s ‘Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe’ (September 2011)
  • Industrial Symbiosis cited as ‘systemic innovation vital for future green growth’ by OECD (2011)
  • Industrial symbiosis was selected as one of seven ‘top priority areas’ by the European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP), a high-level stakeholder group with a mandate to deliver concrete policy recommendations for implementation across Europe (December 2012)
  • Hosted the inaugural International Working Conference on Applied Industrial Symbiosis (IWCAIS 2012) convening 100 leading representatives from global government, industry and academia. (June 2012)