Industrial Symbiosis

The research at LiU focuses on how long-term cooperation between local and regional actors make it possible to use materials, energy and other resources more efficiently, not just in Norrköping, but also in other locations in Sweden and around the world.

Industrial symbiosis means that a number of companies collaborate so that surpluses or by-products become a useful resource for one of the others.

Examples are heat, wood refuse, waste materials, distiller's waste, etc. Industrial symbioses exist in many parts of the world, but especially in the area around LiU. The objective is for the research to contribute to the development of new industries and urban symbioses.

In Östergötland, there are several notable examples of industrial symbiosis, for instance in Händelö in Norrköping.



Mapping Industrial Symbiosis

Successful practitioner trainings across the Baltic Sea Region

Linköping University delivered six practitioner training programs across the Baltic Sea Region to promote and facilitate industrial symbiosis practices.

Renahav presents its biogasplant during the Biogastour of 2021.

How Sweden's most sustainable industrial cluster was created

Sotenäs Municipality remedied the negative environmental impact of local industry with the help of a group of local entrepreneurs, enthusiastic municipal officials and research-based methods.

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Shift to circular economy is slowed by traditional thinking

By communicating and collaborating, businesses can join forces to create greater social, economic and environmental value for society than what they do today, researchers at Linköping University have found.