In the Strasbourg port area there are 22 companies currently aiming to optimise the consumption of resources and the production of industrial waste. Collectively these companies employ more than 3,000 people and have more than €3 billion in cumulative turnover. The goal of the approach is to highlight industrial synergies between the different companies in the harbour area, who would like to be part of the project. Several industrial synergies have been put in place through the framework, and some of them are about circular economy such as ones on purchasing, wood waste, electricity, pallets, paper and cardboard and even wash stations.
Overall, the EIT approach seeks to:
- reinforce the competitiveness of the companies
- optimise resources management
- develop links between the companies working in this area
- achieve energy efficiency.
The main challenge was to convince the biggest industries of the value of the project and the approach so that they agreed to dedicate time and communicate their technical data, which is often confidential. It is essential to demonstrate to companies the economic potential and the environmental benefits of the project.
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The successfully implemented synergies have contributed to:
- an annual reduction of 3,267 tons of CO2 GHG emissions in the wood waste sector
- 100% responsible purchases for office supplies
- more than 3,500 tons of locally recovered cellulosic waste with an estimated savings of €16,000 per year
- over 41,000 litres of water and €4,700 saved per year thanks to the synergy of wash stations.
The advice is undoubtedly always to make sure that businesses remain at the centre of the system since they are the real actors for its success. It is important to speak their language and integrate their predominantly economic issues. Companies must also be rapidly integrated into the governance of the project and its financing in a spirit of public-private partnership.