Industrial Symbiosis holds significant potential to provide major improvements in resource and energy efficiency for all energy intensive industries. Exploiting this potential could accelerate the transition to a circular economy and to renewable energy systems, reduce waste heat energy and lead to significant reduction of GHG emissions. However, Industrial Symbiosis is currently not yet widely implemented. The challenge is to tackle all technological and non-technological barriers. The full potential of industrial symbiosis could only unfold if the consequences for energy grids and adjacent infrastructures (e.g. waste heat recovery through district heating or heat integration in chemical processes, waste to energy, or waste and gaseous effluents management), as well as the regional dimension are taken into account.
Technology based innovations should prove the potential for novel symbiotic value chains in demonstrators involving multiple industrial sectors in real industrial settings. Proposals are expected to address e.g.:
Creation of an inventory of successful symbiotic relations and solutions, as well as best practices. Non-technological aspects, which may include regulatory issues, the need for redefining standards, and new business models, covering ownership, management and fair sharing of benefits, should be considered. This may entail devising collaboration strategies via contracts and platforms for cross-sectorial sharing of resources and benefits in industrial parks, clusters or distributed plants.
Clustering and cooperation with other selected projects under this cross-cutting call and other relevant projects is strongly encouraged.
Proposals submitted under this topic should include a business case and exploitation strategy, as outlined in the Introduction of this part of the Work Programme.
Activities should start at TRL 6 and achieve TRL 7 at the end of the project.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution of EUR between EUR 12 and 20 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
Several of the following impacts are expected: