Industrial Symbiosis

Maximum economic, environmental and social value

for communities from economic development investments.   

The Pacific Northwest is positioned to become the North American leader in Industrial symbiosis, which enables co-located industries to tap renewable and recycled resources, and share ‘secondary resources’ where one industry’s waste – energy, water, or materials -- becomes another’s resource.   This simple yet powerful idea will not only help industry reduce waste and pollution – but also spur job creation and economic development in the clean economy. This could benefit communities of all shapes and sizes throughout the PNW-- rural, suburban and urban on both sides of Washington and Oregon.

GOOD FOR JOBS, GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT 

HOW INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS WORKS 

Industrial symbiosis at its most basic - is about resource sharing whereby one's industry's 'waste' becomes another industry's resource, for example:  excess heat, water or other materials. 

Industrial Symbiosis In Action

Denmark 

Successful examples from Denmark prove that industrial symbiosis can create tremendous economic value. One of the world's earliest adopters, a city of only about 17,000 residents called Kalundborg is estimated to generate $28 million in annual economic value by capturing and reusing waste resources like materials, heat, and energy. In addition they are reducing climate pollution by over 600,000 tons annually.

 

Learn more about a range of Industrial symbiosis projects here. 

Raymond/South Bend, WA

CSI worked with the Raymond/South Bend community conceptualize an “Energy Innovation District” (EID) built around a new anchor business processing a sustainable forest resource. The EID would harness the principles of industrial symbiosis to build shared infrastructure to harness waste heat, renewable resources, and organic materials to supply affordable and reliable inputs for a cluster of producer businesses generating value-add products, multiplying the economic and environmental benefits from the project. The community is exploring industry collaboration including, producing algae using waste heat and waste fertilizer for a range of products that can support the struggling local oyster industry; mushroom cultivation, using waste heat and growing media.  Learn more

Wind River/Skamania County, WA  

Wind River Project is developing an industrial symbiosis cluster converting forest sector waste into energy and year-round food production. Wind River buys wood waste, creating a new revenue stream for forestry firms, especially smaller private timberland owners. The wood waste is then processed through a combined heat and power plant, aquaponic greenhouses, biochar production, and a kiln to dry firewood. 

 

Learn much more at WindRiverProject.com

CSI HELPS COMMUNITIES EMBRACE INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES 

Screening Tool

CSI developed a industrial symbiosis economic opportunity screening guide, widely available to economic development directors and other local officials in rural communities throughout Washington. 

 

Click here  to explore! It's designed to help businesses, local economic development experts, government officials, planners, and natural resource business owners to take a broader look and identify and compare possible alternative uses for waste products. We use forestry-related wastes and byproducts to offer a focused example.

CSI's Innovation Lab 

We believe the future for PNW industrial symbiosis is bright. We're continuing to identify the most promising Industrial Symbiosis sites across the NW and are actively helping potential pilot communities move these forward through our Innovation Lab services. Learn more about Innovation Lab.  

PNW LEADING THE NATION

IN INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS 

Washington State legislators learning about Industrial Symbiosis in Denmark.

Since 2017, CSI has partnered with i-SUSTAIN, with funding from the Scan Design Foundation, to support sustainable infrastructure learning tours of Denmark for Washington elected officials.

Over the past few years many of these state legislators, inspired by Denmark's examples, have worked together across party lines to help advance industrial symbiosis here at home.

2018 Legislative Session, when the legislature appropriated $1.5 million for the state’s Department of Natural Resources to help the Port of Willapa Harbor replace the shuttered sawmill with a new ‘anchor tenant’ business venture that could grow back the good natural resource jobs that had been lost. 

 

The funding included $100,000 for CSI to help the community conceptualize an “Energy Innovation District” (EID) built around a new anchor business processing a sustainable forest resource. The EID would harness the principles of industrial symbiosis to build shared infrastructure to harness waste heat, renewable resources, and organic materials to supply affordable and reliable inputs for a cluster of producer businesses generating value-add products, multiplying the economic and environmental benefits from the project.

A WA Dept. of Commerce study was funded during the 2019 session that resulted in a 191-page report containing industrial symbiosis program recommendations.

In 2020 a bipartisan bill, SB 6430 was introduced by WA Sen. Sharon Brown to create a new Dept. of Commerce program to bring together expertise, technical assistance and best practices to support local industrial symbiosis projects. It also would establish a competitive grant program for research into waste exchange ideas.

The bill passed unanimously in both the Senate and the House was slated for signing by Gov. Inslee. Unfortunately, because of the unprecedented impacts that have emerged because of the  COVID pandemic, newer legislative programs, including Washington State's Industrial Symbiosis program were sidelined.

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