National Industrial Symbiosis programme Launched in North America

National Industrial Symbiosis Program launched


Metro Vancouver has partnered with the Light House Sustainable Building Centre to pilot Canada’s first National Industrial Symbiosis Program (NISP). Industrial symbioses can transform wastes from one business into higher value inputs for another business, such as using shredded tires as a building material for a new road.

These symbiosis opportunities focus on business-to-business partnerships to maximize efficient use of logistics, space, or even research and development resources. Greater resource efficiency and waste management can deliver a variety of environmental benefits.

The first NISP workshop was last in Delta, drawing a diverse group of participants from a range of businesses. More than 130 resource options, with 166 potential matches, were discussed. The local NISP team is now following up to convert these ideas into real projects that deliver triple bottom line benefits.

Over the next 18 months, five additional workshops will be held in the Lower Mainland to identify additional symbiosis opportunities. Businesses in all sizes and sectors are encouraged to attend future workshops; for more information, please click here.

Additional funding partners include the City of New Westminster, the City of Surrey, the BC Innovation Council, BC Ministry of Agriculture, BC Ministry of Energy, and the federal government.