Janez Potocnik, Co-Chair of UN International Resource Panel and former European Commissioner for Environment, introduced a presentation on "Industrial Symbiosis and Circular Economy" at the CWA event in Brussels.
TRIS and the partners are delighted the power of approach of Industrial Symbiosis Limited and the delivery is advancing toward mainstream use and how a consensus on best practice is being supported.
Industrial Symbiosis Ltd will play both an advisory and dissemination role, acting as a bridge between the consortium and the European perspective. The consortium exhibits a diverse interregional cooperation in terms of geography, productive system and maturity of industrial symbiosis practices: the City of Birmingham, project leader, is the most advanced, Hungary and Emilia-Romagna regions have already tested pilot projects, while Småland och Öarna and Valencia regions have approached the topic more recently.
-Identify facilitating elements and obstacles and embed them in (or remove them from) the appropriate policy instruments.
-Reach out and engage with the actors that can drive and/or be impacted by the change and involve them in structured local networks.
TRIS is determined to cause the following CHANGES and accomplish the following RESULTS:
-Raising awareness on the concepts of industrial symbiosis and its economic and environmental benefits
-Causing a mind-shift and building a cooperation culture in the stakeholder groups (including SMEs and policy actors)
-Standardize industrial symbiosis practices into regional policy instruments
-Launching tangible initiatives in the regions: reaching out to more SMEs, supporting their business with new industrial symbiosis cases/projects, preventing industrial waste production, testing new governance models.
-Bringing industrial symbiosis to a higher position in the European policy agenda.