How can you detect and assess potential industrial symbiosis on a multifunctional territory? And what are the steps to follow to promote eco-industrial development in this environment? The FISSAC project is developing decision-support methodologies and tools to answer these questions.

Additionally, information on material flows needs to be stored in a way that allows data treatment to detect potential exchanges of waste and service mutualisation and to assess their feasibility.

To this effect, FISSAC is developing an integrated industrial symbiosis Management Software tool, able to support decision making in two areas:

  1. Life-cycle approach to material flow analyses and industrial clustering providing:
    • Accurate and dynamic life-cycle evaluation of the environmental impact and material flow costs of the proposed IS solutions
    • Quantification of economic benefits in a holistic manner
    • Dynamic/live by-product and waste flow analyses on a map (geo-referencing of facilities)
  2. GIS-based approach for:
    • Geo-referencing waste flows: publishing data on waste availability and characteristics on a map
    • Boosting the impact of results produced by each IS system on the platform: facilitating contacts among industrial players of the construction value chain and encouraging research and development for underdeveloped waste streams
    • Quantifying economic and environmental burdens in relation to LCA capabilities

Further details

The FISSAC Software Platform aims to go beyond existing software by integrating their capabilities and adding network analysis functionalities to assess the roles of partners within the industrial symbiosis network and evaluate the success of overall operation using social network analysis (SNA) methodologies.

A knowledge repository will be developed to be used as data source for dynamic geo-database web service and provide semantic information on graphical layers regarding climatic, socio economics, financial, energy, material, mobility and all the geo-referenced data useful to the stakeholders. The FISSAC platform will be used for the evaluation of the material, energy flow as well as evaluating the environmental impacts and cost of the studied flows.


  • Reduction of cost of manufacturing and life-cycle costs of products
  • Support for environmental compliance
  • Implementation of cleaner production strategies
  • Realization of cross-sectorial synergies for resource and energy efficient industry


  • Life-cycle assessment
  • Life-cycle costing
  • Material and energy flow analyses
  • Multi-objective optimization
  • Visualization & Diagrams
  • Network analysis through industrial ecology metrics
  • Graph and network topologies and industrial system modeling
  • Innovative circular economy and industrial symbiosis indicator-based assessment


  • Summer 2018 – Software prototype
  • Winter 2019 – Software platform final version