Facilitated Industrial Symbiosis
Industrial symbiosis fosters mutually beneficial business relationships to utilize ‘waste’ resources. Waste-to-input linkages are common, but other physical or operations-based resource collaborations are also possible - e.g., shared lab space, research facilities, utilities, warehousing, transport, etc.
Light House prepared the Washington Industrial Waste Coordination (Industrial Symbiosis) Program Recommendations for the Washington State Department of Commerce in 2019.
International Synergies Ltd. is the driving force behind the National Industrial Symbiosis Program (NISP®) that began in the UK and has been successfully implemented in over 30 other countries.
Light House is home to the first NISP® initiative in Canada, with the initial project areas being Metro Vancouver and Greater Edmonton.
NISP® Canada helps companies and other types of organizations to identify opportunities for resource collaboration. Primarily focused on material exchange, but also including other resources such as research expertise, transportation, and logistics, NISP® has been shown in 35 other regions around the globe to be an effective means of creating economic, environmental, and social benefits to businesses and surrounding communities.
Light House raised a $1 M of funding money to launch a pilot program called NISP to bring the best in practice Industrial Symbiosis program to Vancouver in 2017. The pilot program was a great success to encourage the industry players to take circular initiatives.
For information on any of our Facilitated Industrial Symbiosis offerings, please contact Tracy Casavant, Managing Director, Circular Economy.