The Opportunity for Industrial Symbiosis in the TyseleyEnvironmental Enterprise District Sharon Freedman Assistant Director Regeneration Birmingham City Council
Clustering Economic Activity• Targeting the sectors that Birmingham has a competitive advantage in and which can bring economic benefits• Marrying these sectors with major development opportunities in the city• Encouraging clusters and spin offs• Supporting supply chain development• Potential for industrial symbiosis• Six Economic Zones for target sectors;
The Economic Zones Spatial and Sector• Advanced Manufacturing Hub• City Centre Enterprise Zone• Life Sciences Campus• The Food Hub• Longbridge ITEC Park• Tyseley Environmental Enterprise District
Opportunities for an Economic Zone in Tyseley • Currently location of a number of large resource recovery operations. • Large scale development opportunities, demand for energy and generator of energy • Potential for Industrial Symbiosis within the Tyseley area. • Business Growth • Employment created • Environmental benefits
Kalundborg Symbiosis• Public and private enterprises buy and sell waste products from industrial production in a closed cycle.• Residual products traded can include steam, dust, gases, heat, slurry or any other waste product that can be physically transported from one enterprise to another. • A residual product originating from one enterprise becomes the raw material of another enterprise, benefiting both the economy and the environment.
Tyseley Symbiosis• Ambition to exploit opportunities for industrial symbiosis in Tyseley to harness the area’s true potential and become an exemplar for the low carbon economy.• International Synergies commissioned to identify opportunities to: increase the productivity of existing resources, reduce carbon emissions in the area, and spark new investment and green business growth through industrial symbiosis.• Based on existing resource flows, infrastructure and economic activity, the analysis identifies strategies to improve resource efficiency, and opportunities for strategic economic development that incorporates identified development sites.
Example; Wood Recycling• Resource: Wood and other biomass for bioenergy. Clean wood waste has well established market for pallets, animal bedding, horticultural mulches and panel board (chipboard, fibreboard etc.) as well as for fuel in biomass burners.• Today: A number of businesses produce small quantities of wood whilst not viable to segregate and recycle individually, it may be viable to establish a wood collection "milk round" to increase the amount of wood recovered.• Tomorrow: Set up a wood waste hub on one of the development sites in the area where the wood could be utilized to power a biomass CHP unit and the heat/electricity used on site.• Future innovation: Potential to develop some innovation around treated wood. The CleanWood project established a demonstration plant in Lissarda, Ireland to recover clean wood chips from contaminated wood feedstocks primarily from construction and demolition activities.
Facilitating SynergiesCreating awareness as a first step in order to create willingness –Need to intensify collaboration between companies so thatthey can share knowledge, ideas and also get to know each otherCommon communication platform – a place where variousinformation where possible synergies can be foundAccess to information – workshops are often a good start to createawareness and build trust. This may also help with improvedforecasts of customer demandImportant that LA acts as an adviser without trying to take controlCompanies must not feel as if they are forced to make synergiesTechnical progress – in order to ensure that IS takes place anddevelops in the future, companies should constantly invest in R&D .
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