CMP focusing on industrial symbiosis

Last updated 7/2/2015 12:41 PM

Now CMP is getting to grips with what is known as industrial symbiosis. It involves a new type of cooperation that generates greater efficiencies and more improvements, for example in the energy field. The project in which CMP participates received financial support from the Swedish innovation agency Vinnova in May. 

In simple terms, industrial symbiosis can be described as a long-term collaboration between local actors, e.g. companies, municipalities and organisations. The aim is to derive benefit from each other’s resources and use common services. It enables increased efficiencies, improved competitiveness and image, and also contributes to a more sustainable development.

Utilises by-products

”CMP and a number of other companies and organisations have conducted pilot studies to see whether we can develop solutions in the Malmö region”, says CMP’s Environmental Manager Petra König.

A well-known example of industrial symbiosis is to be found in the Danish town of Kalundaborg. Organic waste from a company in the local industrial area is converted into animal feedstuff and synthetic fertilizer, which are used in agriculture. Another example is the Händelö industrial area outside Norrköping. Steam, a by-product from the nearby combined power and heating plant, is used in ethanol production. At the same time, the residual products from manufacturing ethanol are converted into animal feedstuffs and biogas.

The studies are promising and in May we received about SEK 10 million from Vinnova. The money will be used to further develop the platform we currently have – e.g. in terms of roles, responsibility and future direction.

”Industrial symbiosis is of interest in several ways”, she continues. “Not least to attract customers that are interested in solutions within waste and energy with a green profile. Industrial symbiosis can also pave the way or a completely new type of long-term collaboration between different parties”. 

Developing new energy systems
Besides CMP, participants in the work on industrial symbiosis include Sysav, Malmö City, E.ON, Lantmännen, SLU, Linköping University and WSP. The money from Vinnova will be distributed between a number of sub-projects that will be run over two years. The stakeholders will also contribute their own funds. This means that overall, SEK 19 million is being invested in industrial symbiosis.


”One concrete example involves the establishment of Malmö Industrial Park, which is a new industrial estate in direct connection with CMP’s port facilities” says Petra König. “Through focusing on industrial symbiosis, new energy systems can be established in the industrial park, with companies utilising each other’s resources and using shared services”.

CMP is responsible for one of the many sub-projects that will be running over the next two years. It is called ”Cooperation for good business” and will produce a vision and a programme for an attractive port area.
”Together with E.ON, Malmö City and several other stakeholders, we will highlight the market benefits linked to Malmö’s development, and also uncover both success factors and barriers that can influence possibilities of finding new solutions. Last but not least, we are going to do some matchmaking and pair up concepts and methods with each other”, Petra König concludes.


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