Project SHAREBOX - Online survey on the uptake of industrial symbiosis

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To pave the way forward for more efficient processing and energy systems for the process industries, the SHAREBOX project is developing a secure ICT platform (SHAREBOX) for the flexible management of shared process resources. This will provide plant operations and production managers with robust and reliable information, in real-time, needed to effectively and confidently share resources (plant, energy, water, residues, and recycled materials) with other companies in a symbiotic eco-system.   

This survey is about the uptake of industrial symbiosis throughout industry. Industrial symbiosis describes the situation where an organisation establishes a business arrangement with another organisation, based on utilising ‘waste’ as a resource, whether it is raw materials or inputs such as energy and water.   

Through industrial symbiosis, secondary outputs are addressed, namely wastes and by-products. Waste is defined as the goods and materials resulting from a manufacturing process, which are not the primary aim of production, but are secondary outputs that traditionally are to be discarded. By-products, on the other hand, concern those secondary outputs that have conceived economical value by the manufacturer and are exploited on the market.   Industrial symbiosis is a leading method for improving industrial sustainability with economic impacts (by means of providing business opportunities), ecological impacts (by means of reducing the use of natural resources), and social impacts (by means of creating jobs). Moreover, industrial symbiosis engages diverse organisations in a network to foster eco-innovation and long-term organizational culture change. 

Data from this survey will be used to develop new software to enable industrial symbiosis to be easily implemented amongst businesses as part of the EU Horizon 2020-funded project SHAREBOX.

The surveyis open until 12 February 2016.

The survey is also available in Spanish and German.