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

The European Union (EU) has established a fund to finance a pilot project implementing industrial symbiosis as an innovative approach to waste management in Africa. The African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP) administers the project with its partners in six countries:

  • The South African National Cleaner Production Centre,
  • National Cleaner Production Centre of Ghana,
  • The Kenya National Cleaner Production Centre,
  • Uganda National Cleaner Production Centre,
  • Solid Waste Management Division, Mauritius Ministry of Environment,
  • Sustainable Development and Disaster and Beach Management, and
  • The Women Environmental Programme, Burkina Faso.

The project is implemented under the overall management of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Industrial Symbiosis Ltd. is responsible for providing technical support. We have organized Training of Trainers (TOT) workshops for institutions taking part in industrial symbiosis as a modern resource efficiency concept based on the economies of wastes. From January 2016 to June 2018, some 600 enterprises in six African countries will be trained in cleaner production and industrial symbiosis to identify opportunities for beneficial reuse of underutilised resources. MSMEs will learn how to track materials in process, identify, quantify and analyse materials inputs and outputs in their business systems enabling reusing and reduction of the amount of the amount of virgin materials.

This project comes at an opportune time for Africa which faces the highest rates of growth of population, industrialization and urbanization in the world, but still lacks satisfactory mechanisms for managing their adverse impacts, including waste management.

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.

For detailed information about the project visit,

TRIS event in Brussels, October 2020

Industrial Symbiosis Limited is attending the final 2020 TRIS event in Brussels on 15th October 2020.

We will be at both the ‘Tailoring ERDF’ and ‘Path to Change’ events at the wider TRIS project event in Brussels.

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