Industrial Symbiosis is concerned with regional collaboration of companies from traditionally separated sectors which exchange by-products, energy, water and materials in such way, that the waste from one industry becomes raw material for another.
The plan to move society in the direction of sustainability must be based on an understanding of the constitutional principles of the functioning of the system usually referred to as the eco-sphere (e.g. thermodynamics; the biogeochemical cycles; the ecological interdependencies of species; the societal exchange with, and dependency on, the ecosphere).
Operational approaches towards e.g. dematerializations and substitutions need to comply with the complementary, non-overlapping, conditions for social and ecological sustainability. Resulting actions should be fostered through a set of strategic principles defining a future “landing place” on a systems level first, otherwise reaching sustainability is an unlikely outcome of any effort. Each investment should bring practices closer to the overall aim of complying with the system conditions.
This requires backcasting methodology, which means that the starting point of the planning process is an envisioned successful future outcome of the planning. Based on this outcome, the strategic paths are designed. This systematic approach involves close cooperation with other strategic approaches towards sustainability, the utilization of tools such as Life Cycle Assessment in order to evaluate the present situation of material flows, and the implications of various technologies, industrial designs and policy options at a micro, meso and macro-level.
Name: Towards Zero Waste in Industrial Networks
Starting date: 01/05/2009
Funding type: 7th Framework Program
Duration: 5 years
Austrian Society for Systems Engineering and Automation
Asociacion de Industrias de las tecnologias Electronicas y de la Informacion del Pais Vasco
BIO Intelligence Service
Centro de Estudos, Informação e Formação para o Ambiente
S.C. Greentronics Srl
INSEAD - Institut Europeen dÁdministration des Affaires
Institute for Economic Promotion of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
MicroPro Multimedia Computer Systems Ltd
PE INTERNATIONAL AG
Remade South-East Ltd
Technische Universitaet Berlin
The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe
Trama TecnoAmbiental Sl
United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security
University College for the Creative Arts
University of Limerick
Universitaet fuer Bodenkultur Wien
University of Southampton
UP Umweltanalytische Produkte GmbH