The Birmingham and Solihull Industrial Symbiosis Project, or BASIS, aims to create a diverse network of businesses across the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
The project is funded through the European Union’s ESIF framework and is led by Birmingham City Council. International Synergies is the primary delivery partner and will be responsible for the engagement with industry to provide resource efficiency support. The focus of the project will be working with SMEs and identifying opportunities to delivery industrial symbiosis benefits within the network, forming the mechanism for delivering the required project outputs of business assists. The Industrial Symbiosis approach seeks to work closely with SMEs to quantify their wastes and seek resource efficiency improvements that deliver financial savings. These underutilized resources can be process by-products, discarded waste materials, low grade energy, waste water discharges, logistics (empty vehicle movements), capacity (such as warehouse or office space) and shared expertise. Through the project’s delivery of one to one business support and attending business opportunity workshops, the aim is to connect industry in a way that one companies wasted resource becomes another’s valuable process input. These discreet new business opportunities will deliver substantial cost savings, generate sales from new markets and contribute towards creating an environmentally sustainable local economy.
Detailed discussions was needed with all sub regional and regional stakeholders. A detailed knowledge on how these stakeholders interact was needed before they were approached.
Evidence of success
The funders Department of Government and Local Communities has awarded a contract for the delivery of the BASIS project, and copies of this contract are with both delivery partners.
The large number of stakeholders involved in the decision making process made communication a challenge as a dialogue with all interested parties was needed to ensure the project was support at assessment and contract award stages.
Potential for learning or transfer
The approach of the BASIS project could be replicated by the other TRIS partners and also by other interested parties across Europe and the world.
The Birmingham and Solihull Industrial Symbiosis Project, or BASIS, aims to create a diverse network of businesses across the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), with the aim of supporting their transition to become more resource efficient and cost-effective businesses.
IVACE knowledge was exchanged relating to Valencia’s regional economic strategy, and ring-fencing finance for an IS approach. This knowledge help structure discussions with Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. Additionally the approach adopted in Hungary in targeting the SME community was replicated in the GBSLEP region