The FISSAC project involves stakeholders at all levels of the construction and demolition value chain to develop a methodology and software platform, to facilitate information exchange, that can support industrial symbiosis networks and replicate pilot schemes at local and regional levels.
The model will be based on three sustainability pillars:
- Environmental (with a life-cycle approach)
- Social (taking into consideration stakeholder engagement and impact on society).
FISSAC aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of the processes, services, and products at different levels, with the ambition that the model created by the project can be replicated in other regions and other value chain scenarios.
Industrial symbiosis is a form of brokering to bring companies together in innovative collaborations, finding ways to use the waste from one as raw materials for another.
Local or wider co-operation in industrial symbiosis can reduce the need for virgin raw material and waste disposal, thereby closing the material loop – a fundamental feature of the circular economy and a driver for green growth and eco-innovative solutions. It can also reduce emissions and energy use and create new revenue streams.
The FISSAC project will be working with stakeholders to understand these aspects and build a model and supporting systems that will endeavour to overcome the challenges.
FISSAC stands for Fostering Industrial Symbiosis for a Sustainable Resource Intensive Industry across the extended Construction Value Chain.
The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme and runs from September 2015 until February 2020.