Industrial Symbiosis

SCOTTISH INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS PROGRAMME- Thirdwave coordinated the Scottish Industrial Symbiosis Programme (SISP), part of a UK-wide initiative to build cross-industry relationships where wasted resources from one industry could be used by another. Since the programme launch in March 2003 Thirdwave brought together over 550 organisations from Dumfries to Orkney. As well as detailed research into current resource problems, or potential synergies between companies, Thirdwave provided business skills to overcome barriers and turn good ideas into new products and new companies. Thirdwave delivered SISP on behalf of International Synergies Ltd and formerly the Business Council for Sustainable Development - UK. Funding was by the Scottish Executive, SEPA and Scottish Enterprise.

RECULTURE ENGINEERING AB- As a consequence of Thirdwave's SISP activities, reCulture Engineering AB of Sweden required Thirdwave to identify potential partners for the establishment of a waste-to-clean fuel plant in the UK. Thirdwave liaised with all Scottish local authorities, and all English authorities with responsibility for refuse disposal. By identifying a number of parties in both countries that are willing to engage with reCulture, the parent company has been given the confidence to commission a full financial appraisal of the system from 3i.

SCOTTISH ENTERPRISE DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY- commissioned a study of options for the disposal of shellfish waste in the region, responding to legislative changes governing Animal By-Products that threatened the viability of a number of local shellfish processors. As well as a complete survey of shellfish waste generated at each site in Dumfries and Galloway, Thirdwave examined twenty-one disposal options. Recommendations were given as to which options should be implemented and developed, and also as to how processors could be co-ordinated and persuaded to co-operate.

- Thirdwave was invited by Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian (SEEL) to assess the impact of the Special Waste Amendment Regulations on local businesses, after their implementation in July 2004. By contacting a large range of companies and industries in the area, it was possible to highlight the main problem areas both at the present time and for the near future. Recommendations on how to deal with current special waste streams were presented in the format of a durable briefing paper for SEEL Business Advisers to utilise on site visits.