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To create synergies between the FISSAC H2020 and the TRIS Interreg Europe projects, Geonardo Ltd. and the Herman Ottó Institute Nonprofit Ltd. jointly launched a forum series to improve achieving the efficiency of resource efficiency in the domestic construction industry. The first symposium was held on 13 April 2018 in the frame of the CONSTRUMA International Exhibition and Fair that is the largest annual event for the sector in Hungary. (Pokračování textu…)

This webinar, held on 31 May 2018, was an overview of some social aspects of industrial symbiosis. The speakers were from the scientific field (Fredrik Björk, Malmö University), a consultancy company (Elke Roetman, Partners for Innovation), a research institute (Julia Jonasson, Research Institutes of Sweden ) and a public waste agency (Arianne Acke, OVAM).

During this webinar, the 40 participants got to know more about:

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how there are related to industrial symbiosis. The following goals were highlighted: SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG 15 (Life on Land) and also 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions), 17 (Partnerships for the goals) with the importance of transparency and participation on all levels (communities, authorities)
  • The holistic approach of the SDGs and the interconnected goals. A project or an SME has to decide whether it wants to use them to communicate, measure, and/or improve its operations.
  • The need to separate two different processes when setting up the collaboration needed to create a successful and supportive Living Lab environment: Developing the group’s collaboration skills (doing this work leads to an improved ability to tackle technical complexities, i.e. the collaboration subject) and developing the group’s collaboration subject.
  • Industrial symbiosis: going beyond technical cooperation with two main subjects: job opportunities (creation, substitution, transformation) and business culture. To realize Industrial Symbiosis and Circular Economy, we need to look beyond the technical cooperation.

Cooperation is the other law of industrial symbiosis.

Recording

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FISSAC will host its next webinar in on 31 May 2018. This webinar will focus on the interactions between the highly predominant technical aspect of industrial symbiosis and the non-technical aspects, including social engagement and acceptance. Typically, the social dimension of industrial symbiosis refers to the need for firms to interact more extensively than is required for normal business practice. Topics will include concrete examples. (Pokračování textu…)

To understand the challenges and opportunities for industrial symbiosis you need to understand your value chain and where value for your sector is created. But just knowing your value chain may not be enough. Following the TIS structure of analysing your Technological Innovation System (TIS) you will be able to identify drivers and barriers for change. You will look at your actors and your value chain, but also at different networks, institutions and how a lack of knowledge and underdeveloped technology may be what is preventing change and hindering the development of industrial symbiosis.

In this new FISSAC report you will find an accessible introduction to the field of TIS and you can find a case study, explaining how the TIS methodology can be used in conjunction with a material journey, following a material from production to destruction and reuse.

We hope that this report and case study will help you in conducting your own analysis and developing your field of industrial symbiosis.