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EcoCity Workshop #12 Test-driving the National Industrial Symbiosis Program NISP®
October 7, 3:30 pm–6:00 pm
Peter Laybourn, International Synergies Ltd, UK
Timo Makinen, National Industrial Symbiosis Program Canada, Canada
The National Industrial Symbiosis Program (NISP®) model creates financial benefits to businesses by establishing business-to-business synergies where ‘waste’ resources, such as materials, energy or water but also physical assets or expertise, from one or more business can be used by another to replace a virgin feedstock or even to support new product lines. The NISP® model eschews cumbersome waste audits, and instead uses a regional facilitation model. The NISP® model has been adapted to more than 30 countries worldwide, and has been endorsed by the EU Directorate General for the Environment, the OECD, WWF, and the G7-Alliance for Resource Efficiency. Participants will have the opportunity to see first hand how the NISP® model works via a participatory demo. At the close of the workshop, we will work through the process of establishing regional NISP® models.