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2016-17 Enviroserv (Have) and AJ Polycycling (Want) synergy diverts polystyrene waste from landfill. Download poster
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In 2014 The NCPC-SA piloted Industrial Symbiosis as a special project. The Centre 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:
- The Department of Environmental Affairs,
- The National Business Initiative,
- The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research,
- Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development,
- Gauteng Department of Economic Development,
- Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Waste Management,
- Department of Economic Development and Trade and Investment (KZN) (TIKZN),
- GreenCape Western Cape Province
2015: the Gauteng Industrial Symbiosis Programme was adopted as a flagship programme of the NCPC-SA and the KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Symbiosis Programme was established.
2016: The Industrial Symbiosis Programme was boosted with the addition of the Switch Africa Green programme, with NCPC-SA receiving a grant to run IS services to small and micro enterprises.
2017: The IS Programme became one of the driver in the implementation of Eco-Industrial Parks Concept in the country, in a pilot project funded by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the NCPC-SA.
2018: the Mpumalanga Industrial Symbiosis Programme established and launched in partnership with the Mpumalanga Department of Economic Development and Tourism
2019: the Limpopo ….
“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,” Henry Nuwarinda, NCPC-SA Project Manager.
Industrial symbiosisis a resource efficiency approach where unused or residual resources, such as, Materials, energy, water, assets, logistics, or expertise, of one company are used by another. This results in mutual economic, social and environmental benefits.
Instead of being thrown away or destroyed, surplus resources generated by an industrial process are captured; then redirected for use as an input material into another process by one or more other companies, providing a mutual benefit or …… symbiosis.
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The NCPC-SA IS Programme is a free facilitation service that 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. This results in mutual economic, social and environmental benefits.
“Vision coupled with consistent action is at the core of the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa Industrial Symbiosis (IS) Programme currently implemented in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal and recently established in Mpumalanga and Limpopo,” Victor Manavhela, NCPC-SA Industrial Symbiosis Programme leader.
The ISP aims to build a networks of businesses aimed at identifying mutually profitable links or “synergies” between companies so that; the under-utilised and under-valued resources from one company are recovered and reused elsewhere by another company leading to economic, environmental and social benefits.
In addition, the programme promotes the identified synergies that often result in developing new innovative business practices and technology development creating entrepreneurs opportunities in the waste sector for SMME’s and entrepreneurship.
Currently, the IS Programme operates in Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and will seek to expand to other provinces willing to implement IS.
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Industrial Symbiosis (IS) is a resource efficient approach where unused or residual resources (material, energy, water, waste, assets and logistics) of one company are used by another.
The NCPC-SA Industrial Symbiosis (IS) Programme is a free facilitation services which uses internationally proven industrial symbiosis approach to enhance business profitability and sustainability.
The IS Programme managed by the NCPC-SA facilitates matches between companies with under- or utilised resources with other member companies who can use them to create new business opportunities.