Industrial symbiosis: A tool for the Green Deal

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Moving to more circular economy models is one of the European circular economic community's main objectives today. This transition promises a brighter future for the European economy. By helping to decouple economic growth from resource use and its impacts, the circular economy offers the prospect of actual, sustainable development.

Industrial Symbiosis is a way to achieve a more sustainable and integrated industrial system, identifying business opportunities that leverage underutilised resources. Stakeholders in related sectors collaborate to reuse residues, use by-products properly, and find innovative ways to optimise inputs.

The EIT Community Circular Economy, CircLean and the ECESP held a #EUCircularTalks to identify the main challenges and potential solutions related to Industrial Symbiosis. The event discussed topics such as innovation, policy options and the market. The event took place on 16 June from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. CEST.


09.30 - 09.40 Opening remarks & welcome

  • Ignacio Calleja, EIT Community
  • Mira-Maria Kontkanen, European Economic and Social Committee

09:40 - 10.15 Perspective from the European Commission

10.15 - 10.30 Industrial symbiosis

  • Rachel Lombardi, International Synergies

10.30 - 10.45 Open discussion

10.45 - 11.00 Innovation for Industrial Symbiosis

  • Klaus Sommer, KHSommer Consulting

11.00 - 11.15 Open discussion

11.15 - 11.30 Policies for Industrial Symbiosis

  • Cristian Matti, EIT Climate KIC

11.30 - 11.45 Open discussion

11.45 - 12.00 Market barriers and Opportunities

  • Teresa Domenech, UCL

12.00 - 12.15 Open discussion

12.15 - 12.30 Closing remarks