How does ISP work?

ISP uses a facilitation approach to match the under – or unutilised resources of member companies with other member companies who can use them to create new business opportunities. Membership is free of charge as ISP is one of the fully subsidised services of the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA).

One of the tools used by ISP is Business Opportunity Workshops. At these events, the ISP team will facilitate an interactive session that will allow participants to exchange details about resources they have on-site or resources they need that others may have.

Profit   Industrial Symbiosis
Sales   decreases
New business    
Jobs   CO2 emissions
Utilisation of assets   Landfill costs
Innovation   Use of virgin resources
Inward investment   Industrial water usage
Learning   Hazardous waste
Knowledge transfer   Pollution
Industrial Symbiosis    

Joining one of the IS programmes (GISP, KISP or WISP) or attending an industrial symbiosis workshop can help a company:

  • Save money on raw materials
  • Explore new innovations for wasted or difficult resources
  • Generate new business opportunities
  • Reduce their carbon footprint and improve their environmental performance

National Industrial Symbiosis Initiatives

GISP is jointly funded and delivered by the NCPC-SA, Gauteng Province Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (GDED) in collaboration with Ekurhuleni Municipality Waste Management Services.

KISP is jointly funded and delivered by the NCPC –SA, Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.

The Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP) in funded by the Western Cape Government Department of Economic Development and Tourism and delivered by GreenCape, a sector development agency for the green economy.

Industrial Symbiosis Internationally

Industrial Symbiosis has made extraordinary contributions to businesses, economies and environmental efforts worldwide. The ISP model is based on the United Kingdom NISP, established in 2005 and will utilise the UK’s expertise and support in its early development phase.

In eight years, NISP was able to help UK companies:

  • divert 47 million tonnes of industrial waste from landfill
  • generate ₤1 billion in new sales
  • reduce carbon emissions by 42 million tonnes
  • cut cost by ₤1 billion by reducing disposal, storage, transport & purchasing costs
  • reuse 1.8 million tonnes of hazardous waste
  • create and safeguard over 10 000 jobs
  • save 60 million tonnes of virgin material
  • save 73 million tonnes of industrial water

Industrial Symbiosis Programme Brochure - click to download