The National Industrial Symbiosis Program is a business-to-business network that identifies opportunities for resource collaboration, thereby creating economic, environmental and social benefits to businesses and surrounding communities.

industrial symbiosis

Industrial Symbiosis connects industries and creates opportunity for business.

The principle behind industrial symbiosis is quite simple; instead of being thrown away or destroyed, surplus resources generated by an industrial process are captured then redirected for use as a ‘new’ input into another process by one or more other companies, providing a mutual benefit or symbiosis. These mutually profitable links are not restricted to materials, they include resources such as; energy, wastewater, transportation, asset utilisation and even expertise.

 

NISP-Canada

Established by International Synergies LTD. in the UK, NISP has a tried-and-true method of creating industrial symbiosis opportunities. Through independent verification and studies NISP has been found to be the most cost effective, efficient program for delivering economic, social and environmental benefits.

NISP-Canada is currently seeking funding to enter in the pilot stage. The NISP Canada Pilot will demonstrate that comparable benefits can be achieved in Canada and will inform the model for a long-term and fully national program.

benefits

REDUCE GHGs
NISP lowers embodied energy of material by:  facilitates the substitution of recycled constituents; reducing energy consumption; reducing distance of transport; diverting materials sent to landfill. In the UK, the cost per tonne of GHGs reduced or avoided was a mere $1.25 CAD per tonne!

WASTE REDUCTION AND DIVERSION
IS relationships help link waste from one process as feedstock for another. This results in virgin materials being substituted by ‘wastes’ and transforms them into valuable products.

STRENGTHENS COMPETITIVENESS
IS reduces business costs, diversifies revenue streams, and fosters innovation. In the UK, 20% of all implemented opportunities involved innovation.

JOB CREATION
By strengthening businesses’ competitiveness and financial positions, and by generating new business opportunities e.g., for a new business to form around transforming a by-product, NISPs help to create, and safeguard jobs.

BUILD SKILLS AND CAPACITY
NISP workshops promotes knowledge exchange and business-to-business mentoring. SMEs capacity in waste and energy management; business case development and development and commercialization of clean technologies and products.

LOW CARBON CIRCULAR ECONOMY
NISP is recognized internationally by organizations such as the EU, Global Green Growth Forum, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development as a key platform for advancing a circular, low carbon economy

Resources

WEBINARS

Industry Webinar – July 20, 2016
Intergovernmental Webinar - February 18, 2016
Intergovernmental Webinar – February 18, 2016
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Alberta Agriculture Bio Industry Webinar – March 15, 2016
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Intergovernmental Webinar – March 10, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

FEASIBILITY STUDY

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SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Workshop Summary Report
Workshop Summary Report
NISP South Africa Results
NISP South Africa Results
Case Studies
Case Studies
Economic Valuation Report
Economic Valuation Report
Pathway Report
Pathway Report
Green game-change innovation - WWF
Green game-change innovation – WWF

 

 

 

 

 

Improving Resource Efficiencies in the Value Chain - 3GF
Improving Resource Efficiencies in the Value Chain – 3GF
Industrial Symbiosis - 3GF
Industrial Symbiosis – 3GF
Partnership Session Summary - 3GF
Partnership Session Summary – 3GF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Economic Analysis of Resource Efficient Policies
Economic Analysis of Resource Efficient Policies
Circular Economy in Europe: Developing the Knowledge Base
Circular Economy in Europe: Developing the Knowledge Base
NISP Federal Sustainable Development Strategy Alignment
NISP Federal Sustainable Development Strategy Alignment
Annex to the Leaders Declaration G7 Summit
Annex to the Leaders Declaration G7 Summit
G7 Workshop in Industrial Symbiosis
G7 Workshop in Industrial Symbiosis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

NISP-CANADA is operating as a program of Light House Sustainable Building Centre                                   

Light House Sustainable Building Centre                       Tracy Casavant, MES.                        Katherine Bergeron, EIT  
#90, 425 Carrall Street                                                       NISP Program Director                      NISP Program Support
Vancouver, BC                                                                       tracy@lhsbc.com                                 katherine@lhsbc.com
V6B 6E3                                                                                  604 677 3126  Ext. 301                       604 677 3126 Ext. 306

The NISP programmes originate from International Synergies LTD, more information available here