Total Efficiency Manager 4.0
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Micro-Training course: Introduction to Industrial Symbiosis
Challenges and Key Success Factors for Industrial Symbiosis
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Conceptual integration of Industrial Symbiosis into the Total Efficiency Management Framework
The MAESTRI project aims to tackle improvements in the impact of manufacturing activities at both company level and system level in order to achieve significant results.
A holistic approach will enable process monitoring and optimization, as well as focus on an integrated and cross-sectorial interaction that can have a greater impact within the process industry.
MAESTRI project encompasses an Industrial Symbiosis (IS) approach, which, within the scope of sustainable manufacturing for process industries, fosters the sharing of resources (energy, water, residues and recycled materials) between different processes of a single company or between multiple companies.
Benefits of adopting Industrial Symbiosis approach
- Economic benefits from savings in inputs costs and waste management and from new opportunities of revenues generated by waste and byproducts;
- Environmental benefits due to reduction in resource needs, reuse and recycling of waste streams and pollution control;
- Additional business benefits derived from new and/or improved relationships with other agents and the community, green marketing, social corporate responsibility and the creation of new market opportunities;
- Benefits for the community as a source of new employment, securing existing jobs, improving local ecosystems and of a cleaner and safer environment.
Tools to fully exploit Industrial Symbiosis
There is a need for tools that can support companies to identify and evaluate, at early stages of ideation, the different
possibilities for their waste streams and by-products.
Download: User guide to engage in industrial symbiosis through the T4IS (Toolkit for industrial symbiosis) - available here:
Download: Toolkit for Industrial Symbiosis - available here:
Opportunity identification & definition
Opportunities need to take advantage of the nature of the waste / byproduct; however, its nature is also a source of limiting factors.
- Efforts to analyse and characterise themselves their waste streams, which may vary with changes in production plans.
- Awareness of the difficulties of dealing with their waste discourages the search for opportunities for those particular waste types.
Exchanges design & planning
Main challenges are related to partner identification and to legislation barriers to trade a particular types of waste, either
due to non possible trade or to need to involve intermediaries.
Success factors at this stage:
- Keep a learning approach to explore different designs
- Design a solution that maximizes the value of waste/by-product
- Collaboration with competitors to achieve volume
Exchanges implementation & progress
Success factors in network management, coordination and evolution:
- Trust and cooperation environment
- Institutional capacity
- Mutually beneficial transactions
- Social capital and embeddedness
- Joint network vision
Challenges in network resilience:
- Entrants / exits of companies in network
- Community reaction and sector trends
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