The FISSAC Consortium gives you a warm welcome back after the summer period, hoping you all had the chance to rest a bit in this challenging period.

We take this opportunity to share with you the last public deliverables of the project. There are several topics in the focus, such as standardization linked to the FISSAC products (link), further findings from Living Labs (link), circular businesses models for industrial symbiosis (link), replicability (link), performance evaluation (link) and the final version of the data management plan (link). If you want to know more about the Final Conference, here you can have an overview of the exciting activities that took place during the event and through this report you will get an overview of the dissemination process put in place.

We wish you a nice reading!

 

The successful results of FISSAC have been presented in the last ACR+ publication.

Sustainable construction guidelines for public authorities – A circular economy perspective” aims to help public authorities navigate through sustainable construction, understand what it means and determine how to encourage it. The guidelines are especially targeted at local and regional authorities as they play a crucial role in the whole construction life cycle not only by stimulating innovation and cooperation between all actors but also because they work close to citizens. Unlike most of the literature on the topic, these guidelines are focusing on circularity and material resources efficiency, instead of covering only energy efficiency extensively. Even more, “Sustainable construction guidelines for public authorities – A circular economy perspective” goes beyond waste to integrate the whole value chain of the construction sector.

The construction value chain is characterized by a wide variety of stakeholders: exploring the industrial symbiosis in that sector represents an inspiring challenge to which the H2020 FISSAC consortium has faced since September 2015, when  the project was officially launched. Industrial symbiosis can undoubtedly contribute to converting the sector of construction in a sustainable system.

The publication is now available also in French and Spanish.

 

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The synergy that FISSAC built with the INSIGHT project keeps going on.

INSIGHT published a “Key study based on current knowledge, skills and qualifications regarding industrial symbiosis“. During the collection of data, the FISSAC partners have been involved in filling a survey. The objective was to identify the needs and gaps regarding industrial symbiosis (IS) and to provide a complete analysis on skills, competences and knowledge in order to define a training path for developing the training material content.

By exploring existing training programmes in the field, the analysis also provides an overview of similitudes, priorities and possible gaps around existing trainings associated to IS. Then, the report explores further the needs and gaps regarding IS and provides an analysis on skills, competences and knowledge necessary to frame the emerging profile of IS facilitator. 30 successful cases studies and 60 interviews from relevant stakeholders (IS consultant, trainer, policy makers, researchers, business associations and enterprises) support the analysis, creating insights on the core dimensions of this new professional profile. Ultimately, the outcome of the report allows us to identify skills, competences and knowledge required to implement IS and supports us in defining a training path to develop training material content in the next phase of the Insight project.

In particular, the report mentions the “Vlaanderen Circulair” hub developed by OVAM, FISSAC partner, as a symbiosis tool in the Flanders region to accelerate the transition. Furthermore, the IS project management software of Simbiosy, project partner both in FISSAC and INSIGHT, has been analysed as case study among different supporting tools for IS initiatives.

 

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The FISSAC Final Conference took place on 29 January 2020 and it was a successful event which involved many stakeholders from the whole construction and demolition value chain.

The FISSAC Consortium created a video to remember that day and the important outcomes generated by the discussion and the exchange of experiences among the participants.

Once again, thanks to all the attendees for actively participating to the event.

Take a look!

The last project webinar took place today and it described the main features of the FISSAC Industrial Symbiosis platform, thanks to the contribution of the developers of this online tool.

 

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The FISSAC platform helps users to maximise the environmental, social and financial benefits of Industrial Symbiosis networks to support circular economy structure. Following the structure of a tutorial, the webinar explains how the platform can facilitate the formation and operation of IS networks. Furthermore, even if the main target users are industrial symbiosis experts and facility users, simpler observers can also make use of the platform, just selecting a different kind of account. In that case, they will have an overview and collect specific information related to Industrial Symbiosis experiences in Europe.

Did you miss the webinar? Do not worry, the recording is already available here.

Discover the main features of the platform and register to start developing a new industrial symbiosis approach in any kind of value chain.