Industrial Symbiosis in Local Authorities, NISP

Industrial symbiosis is the concept of one organisation's waste becoming the raw material for another. The National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) was launched in 2005 to encourage the uptake of industrial symbiosis across the UK. In 2008, a change to its funding regime allowed Local Authorities to take part in NISP for the first time.

Terra Infirma was tasked with engaging Local Authorities in the North East of England to involve them in NISP. The project used a workshop to bring together council officers from waste management, sustainability, climate change and economic development to learn about industrial symbiosis, identify opportunities and develop action plans. These plans were reviewed in a series of follow-up meetings and the officers given support and advice on how best to implement the actions.

"The project has gone brilliantly. Gareth Kane of Terra Infirma is one of the best workshop facilitators in the business – he works delegates hard and his sessions always deliver tangible action plans."

Christine Parry, NISP

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