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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.

The FISSAC 6th General Assembly took place in Valencia on 18-19 April 2018. This meeting gave partners the opportunity to discuss project progress and upcoming work. At 60% of the project’s lifespan, much work has already been realised.

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On 1 March 2018, ACCIONA Construction held a summit with representatives from the China Academy of Building Research and the National Centre for International Research of Low-carbon & Green Buildings. This event was the perfect opportunity to get to know each other’s potential and look for possible collaboration. The China Academy of Building Research (CABR) is the largest and most diverse research institution in building industry in China. (more…)

The FISSAC consortium met up in Stockholm on 4-5 October 2017 for the project’s fifth General Assembly. The meeting was hosted by the RISE Swedish Cement and Concrete Research Institute (CBI). The bi-annual general assemblies give partners a chance to go over recent progress made in the project, as well as plan future steps. (more…)

During the past summer months the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM) kicked off the living lab on industrial symbiosis in Belgium.

Building on its experience to facilitate the cooperation and the symbiosis between industrial partners and with the research and knowledge centres, the OVAM organised different gatherings. These intended to discover the potential for a software tool matching the supply and demand for (secondary) raw materials from waste streams. The OVAM also wanted to reflect with its partners on the challenges facing the building sector while making the transition from a linear to a circular economy.

  • On 22 and 29 June 2017, stakeholders from several industrial sectors, waste traders, and research institutions met to discuss the pros and cons of an online symbiosis platform.
  • On 25 August, key stakeholders of the construction and demolition sector met with government officials and researchers. This time the aim was to get to grips with key questions and challenges of urban mining for the building and demolition sector.

We have learned a lot from these meetings of the first Belgian living lab on symbiosis. It now remains for the OVAM and the stakeholders to draw conclusions from the discussions. It is still a difficult task to bring some of these questions to a higher level. These guiding questions for the further research will steer us along with our partners towards innovative solutions.