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1 Industrial Symbiosis - There is no such thing as waste Trevor Knipe International Synergies NI Ltd

2 What is Industrial Symbiosis? Numerous academic definitions... In essence: Industrial symbiosis is a systems approach to a more sustainable and integrated industrial economy that identifies business opportunities to improve resource utilisation (materials, energy, water, capacity, expertise, assets etc)

3 Linear system Products Natural Resources Waste Transition towards a circular system Natural Resources Products Waste To Resource Natural Resources Change the perception of industries Enhancing business opportunities Reduce Costs Increase environmental benefits Industrial Symbiosis Advances The Circular Economy

4 Industrial Symbiosis & The Waste Hierarchy IS works to keep resources in the top 3 levels of the Waste Hierarchy “The higher the level, the greater the cost saving ”

5 IS works to keep resources in the top 3 levels of the Waste Hierarchy “The higher the level, the greater the cost saving ”

6 Industrial Symbiosis NI Outputs (2007-Mar 2014) 1800+Members 306Synergies completed 230,000t Landfill diversion 6,000+tHazardous waste saved 214,000tVirgin materials saved 295,000t CO 2 saved 36Jobs created 53Jobs safe-guarded £1.9m Private investment £9.5m Cost savings in businesses £14.6m Additional sales for businesses

7 Foylehov Foylehov – Crawford Contracts – Discarded Astroturf – Cost Savings £2500 plus ongoing labour costs saved by using materials – Landfill diversion 12 tonnes

8 “Being a part of the Industrial Symbiosis service has enabled us to find valuable alternative sources of material. This not only saves us money but enables us to remain competitive in export markets too.” Andrew Wilson, Wilson Agri Ltd Wilson Agriculture Wilson Agri

9 Used Truck Trailer Curtains

10 Current Haves Lime from animal nutrient production Astro Turf trimmings from new installations Surplus heat from CHP and plastics manufacturing Companies looking for CE Marking expertise Glass fibre insulation Out of date animal feed

11 Current Wants Dry food processing by-products for animal feed Clean wood waste for fuel & animal bedding Organic wastes for anaerobic digestion Used chemical solvents Useable 1.5t Bulk Bags (FIBC’s) PVCu Window off cuts and post consumer window frames Rubber crumb for animal comfort products

12 Really simple principle: making matches… What do you HAVE ? Unwanted resources MATCHES are madeWhat do you WANT ? Resources you can use / process

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14 Idea DiscussionNegotiation CompleteImplementation Write Case Study Progressing Synergies

15 For more information please contact We are always happy to: Meet with you at your site Help you with waste prevention and minimisation Help you recycle more Welcome you at Synergy Workshops Add you to our circulation list for News & Events Help you cut costs and become more resource efficient International Synergies NI Ltd 16 Church Street, Portadown, BT62 3LN synergies.com Web :


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