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A Case Study of Industrial Symbiosis in the Humber Region Using the EPOS Methodology

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Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, Centrale Marseille, M2P2, 13451 Marseille, France
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Electrical Energy Laboratory (EELAB), Department of Electromechanical, Systems and Metal Engineering, Ghent University, Tech Lane Ghent Science Park—Campus A, Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 131, B-9052 Gent, Belgium
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INEOS Technologies France, 13117 Lavéra, France
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EVS-CRGA UMR 5600, University of Lyon 3, 69362 Lyon CEDEX 7, France
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ITECH, 69134 Ecully CEDEX, France
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Strane Innovation, 91190 Gif sur Yvette, France
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Quantis, EPFL Science Park (PSE-D), CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
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Sustainability 2019, 11(24), 6940; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11246940
Received: 19 September 2019 / Revised: 20 November 2019 / Accepted: 3 December 2019 / Published: 5 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Circular Economy as a Promoter of Sustainability)
For the last 20 years, the field of industrial symbiosis (IS) has raised interest among academics and industries. IS consists of dissimilar entities sharing and valorising underutilised resources such as materials, energy, information, services, or technologies in the view of increasing the industrial system’s circularity. Despite the benefits brought by IS, though, barriers hindering the full dissemination of IS remain. This paper presents a methodology developed in the framework of the H2020 European project EPOS that aims at removing some of the obstacles to the implementation of IS. The method follows a multidisciplinary approach that intents to trigger the interest of industry decision-makers and initiate efforts to optimise the use of energy and material resources through symbiosis. It is applied to an industrial cluster located in the Humber region of UK. The case study shows how the approach helped to identify several IS opportunities, how one particular high-potential symbiosis was further assessed, and how it led to the creation of a business case. It was estimated that the identified symbiosis could bring substantial economic (+2000 k€ pa), environmental (−4000 t of CO2 eq. pa) and social (+7 years of healthy life) gains to the region. View Full-Text
Keywords: industrial symbiosis; case study; industrial ecology; resource synergies; circular economy; sustainable business model; decision-making facilitation; value assessment; blueprint industrial symbiosis; case study; industrial ecology; resource synergies; circular economy; sustainable business model; decision-making facilitation; value assessment; blueprint
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Cervo, H.; Ogé, S.; Maqbool, A.S.; Mendez Alva, F.; Lessard, L.; Bredimas, A.; Ferrasse, J.-H.; Van Eetvelde, G. A Case Study of Industrial Symbiosis in the Humber Region Using the EPOS Methodology. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6940.

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