International Synergies’ Chairman Peter Laybourn has been appointed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as their Chief Technical Advisor on industrial symbiosis.
What will the focus be?
The first task is to support Izmir’s development agency IZKA and the UNDP Turkey team in implementing an industrial symbiosis programme. This will be in the Izmir region of Turkey that will inform a national roll out of industrial symbiosis.
What has International Synergies done so far in Turkey?
ISL has been working in Turkey on and off for a decade. Initially helping the first ever industrial symbiosis programme in Iskenderun Bay and more recently, courtesy of the FCDO, developing a national industrial symbiosis roadmap for Turkey.
In addition, ISL have undertaken capacity building and training in both the Bursa and Izmir regions as well as hosting inward missions from Turkey to the UK. Through ERASMUS, ISL has also employed two placements from Turkish development agencies.
Peter is delighted to have been appointed by UNDP to be Chief Technical Advisor and can’t wait to help advance the transition to a more circular economy.