• Home

Background to the NCPC-SA IS Programme

Vision coupled with consistent action is at the core of the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa's Industrial Symbiosis (IS) Programme currently implemented in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and recently established in Mpumalanga.

The IS Programme, a free facilitation service, promotes the exchange of residual resources (material, energy, water, waste, assets, logistics, expertise etc.) of one company with another company who can make use of it.

“The IS Programme has had many successes over the last five years. These successes are built on lessons learnt at the inception stage of the project. With a solid foundation, a clear vision and mandate, to support industry through resource efficient and cleaner production, we look forward to entrenching the IS Programme in South African industry and to support the growth of our economy,” says Henry Nuwarinda, NCPC-SA Project Manager.

Snapshot of the Industrial Symbiosis Programme's key milestones since 2014 to date:

  • In 2014, the NCPC-SA piloted Industrial Symbiosis as a special project.
  • The Centre then invested in the SYNERGie software management platform to facilitate and capture the progress of synergies at match-making – identifying synergies – workshops.
  • A national scoping study was completed to establish the best course for implementation of the IS Programme in the country and recommendations included the development of a National IS Strategy and a three-to-five-year business plan.
  • A stakeholder workshop saw the establishment of the NCPC-SA National IS Programme.
  • The IS steering committee comprised of representatives from:
  1. The Department of Environmental Affairs,
  2. The National Business Initiative,
  3. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research,
  4. The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development,
  5. The Gauteng Department of Economic Development,
  6. Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Waste Management,
  7. Department of Economic Development (KZN) and Trade and Investment KwaZulu Natal (TIKZN),
  8. The Western Cape Government, through Green Cape, and
  9. The NCPC-SA.
  • During the 2014-15 NCPC-SA financial years, the Gauteng Industrial Symbiosis Programme was adopted as a fully-fledged programme of the NCPC-SA, and the KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Symbiosis Programme was established.
  • The Industrial Symbiosis Programme was boosted in 2016 with the addition of the Switch Africa Green programme, with NCPC-SA receiving a grant to run IS services to small and micro enterprises.
  • The IS Programme became a driver in the implementation of Eco-Industrial Parks Concept in the country in 2017, in a pilot project funded by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the NCPC-SA.
  • In 2018, the Mpumalanga Industrial Symbiosis Programme established and launched in partnership with the Mpumalanga Department of Economic Development and Tourism.