Cooperation increases industry performance

01 May 2010

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The first phase of Towards an Industrial Symbiosis Programme in Iskenderun Bay Area is completed with the meetings held in Adana and Ankara in April.

New Horizons - The programme is implemented by United Nations Development Programme(UNDP), in partnership with and financial support of the State Planning Organization (SPO) and the executing agency of the project is the Adana Chamber of Industry (ADASO). Turkish industrialists and stakeholders; who learned in the meeting that a total of £780 million profit has been generated in the UK from the implementation of industrial symbiosis; came together to identify the areas of cooperation for this initiative which enhances the environmental and economic performances of enterprises by using resources more efficiently.

Providing information on symbiosis applications at the meeting in Adana on 7 April, UNDP Environment and Sustainable Development Programme Manager Dr. Katalin Zaim said “The Industrial Symbiosis approach is important in taking steps towards a greener economy. This approach improves the infrastructure of businesses and reduces the pressure on the environment, and also contributes to the sustainable economy. In many countries some steps have been taken related to this and further policies are being implemented.

President of ADASO Ümit Özgümüş explained that some of Turkey’s most important commitments should be in the field of environment in the context of Turkey’s harmonization with the EU. Özgümüş added that the industrial symbiosis activities initiated in the İskenderun Bay area should encompass the whole country.

Director of UK National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) Peter Laybourn said that the programme is being applied in the UK for the past 5 years, bringing important gains to the Sustainable Low-Carbon Economy. Laybourn drew attention to the fact that companies have generated £780 million in profits over a period of 5 years. Moreover, 49 million tons of raw materials and 48 million tons water have been conserved and 53 thousand people were provided employment opportunities. CO2 emissions have also been reduced by 30 million tons.

Sharing her experiences regarding the Eco-Industrial Park Programme in Canada, Tracy Casavant; CEO of Canada Eco-Industrial Solutions Ltd., pointed out the advantages and disadvantages of the programme, partnerships, lessons learned and structure of the implementation.

Chairperson of Environmental Engineering Department at METU Goksel N. Demirer’s Cleaner Prodution presentation generated great interest.

Towards an Industrial Symbiosis Programme in Iskenderun Bay Area project aims to increase the competitiveness of the firms in the region through forming potential partnerships, adding value to the region, obtaining economic benefits, opening up new markets in the region and mitigating pressure on environment by reducing the use of natural resources. The project will help to expand this approach across Turkey.

Industrial symbiosis is already being applied in many countries like Canada, Denmark, the UK, and USA, Mexico, China, Japan, Austria, Norway, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, Italy, India, Brazil, Romania and Hungary. In addition to its economic benefits industrial symbiosis creates new jobs, conserves water and raw materials and reduces waste products in countries where it is applied.