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Industrial symbiosis means reduction in the use of natural resources, but it also means collaboration among companies. This has been a key element in the FISSAC project, which reached its end in February 2020.

During the last months, the Consortium focused on the presentation of the several results achieved:

  • the new eco-materials implemented in different demo-sites;
  • the involvement of stakeholders through the living labs;
  • a platform made to facilitate the establishment and operation of Industrial Symbiosis networks;
  • the role of local authorities in fostering the industrial symbiosis.

These topics were central in the final conference organised in Brussels on 29 January 2020. The conference attracted several stakeholders not only from the private sector, but even from the regional authorities, the universities, the consultancy companies, and the civil society. FISSAC partners had the opportunity to discuss with the stakeholders on the barriers but especially on the opportunities of the follow-up of the project. The definition of a common and concrete legislation, the communication of industrial symbiosis opportunities and benefits, the social acceptance, and the facilitation of actions related to industrial symbiosis were the main key messages that resulted from a participative workshop that closed the conference. Take a look at the video-report of the conference.

The official launch of the FISSAC platform was one of the most expected moments of the conference. Stakeholders from either the construction and demolition sector or any resource consuming value chain have been called to register to the platform in order to benefit of existing industrial symbiosis networks, or to build new ones. The developers of the platform participated to the last FISSAC webinar running a tutorial session which guided the attendees across the main features of the platform:

  • Identify Industrial Symbiosis opportunity and provide information for their instauration;
  • Put in contact facilities with an Industrial symbiosis potential;
  • Provide a list of solution provider, to support facilities in this process;
  • Design industrial symbiosis networks;
  • Perform feasibility assessment;
  • Assess the networks performances from the environmental, economic and social point of view.

The recording of the webinar is available here.

Within the project consortium ACR+ coordinated the communication activities with the main purpose of spreading the messages of the FISSAC model. The main targets are private companies, civil society organizations, research institutions, and public authorities, with a special focus on the local and regional ones. Having an overview on all the project activities, ACR+ was able to evaluate the importance of the social acceptance within industrial symbiosis processes. On this topic, a report titled Strategies for social engagement and acceptance was delivered by ACR+. The report introduces an evaluation system to analyse the social impacts both in the designing and operation phases of the industrial symbiosis schemes.

The report will be soon published.

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