Action 1

Detailed Description of Actions

Action 1:

Service and user requirements

Action 1 consists of four individual activities:

Activity 1.1: Review regional profile for the target region by evaluating clusters of companies involved and types of data available. Sample cases were selected for validation.

Activity 1.2: Review of IS practices from the viewpoint of waste and solution representation.

Activity 1.3: Review of IS practices from the viewpoint of workflows and metrics used.

Activity 1.4: Identification of user requirement and web service functionality.

Activity 1.1 of the project reviewed the targeted region in Greece and specifically the industries involved, types of data and datasets already available, regional priorities and the ways to better match these priorities with the IS practice. An immediate target of this project is to promote IS into the regions, so emphasis was on particular industrial sectors with importance and significance to these regions. The objective was to involve 250 industrial units, under estimated number of 17 different industrial sectors that include:

  1. Textile Industry,
  2. Leather processing & tanning industry,
  3. Production of basic pharmaceutical products,
  4. Plastic and rubber products manufacturing industry,
  5. Manufacture of non-metallic mineral products,
  6. Basic metal production,
  7. Metal product manufacturing industry,
  8. Machinery & equipment manufacture,
  9. Furniture manufacturing industry,
  10. Support & related activities to transportation,
  11. Recycling,
  12. Production of pulp, paper & paper products,
  13. Publications, printings,
  14. Livestock farming,
  15. Food industry,
  16. Beverage Industry,
  17. Production of chemicals & chemical products.

Representative companies and cases were selected for validation of performance of designed web platform in Activity 3.2.

Activity 1.2 reviewed information structures, fields and types of data used in the NISP practice. Examples of waste representations are available for all the waste streams traded and across a wide spectrum of industrial sectors. Similar tasks addressed the solution technologies, types and structure of data required to trade streams, and classifications related to the individual regions of the national programme. Along with the classification, efforts were made to characterise both waste and technology profiles with a view of enabling metrics specified in Activity 1.2 and to prioritise types of the targeted region. Such representations have been the starting point for development of knowledge models (ontology engineering and semantics) hence at this stage it was important to determine all the concepts, their properties and associations involved.

Activity 1.3 of the project reviewed workflow models of the IS trade and the stages followed before and in the course of such trade. Initial study of the current practice at NISP shows that such stages include registration, matchmaking, and 4-5 additional stages featuring several ‘exit’ options before the trade is established. This activity, therefore, determined compositions of stages (tasks involved and relations), their sequence as well as regulatory compliance and align them to suit applying in the target region. This activity further reviewed data important to measure and monitor the IS process – the metrics. Such data have proven to be of paramount importance for the success of the NISP programme as they can convincingly communicate the benefits, explaining achievements in measurable quantities and was used in Activity 1.2.

The full set of requirements were specified during Activity 1.4, to include environmental, economic and technological criteria, classification/categorisation of waste and byproduct streams, functionality requirements, requirements for partners’ discovery and matching, operational requirements in the process of establishing the link between the partners (invocation and composition of production/trading chains), contingency parameters and service availability.

Although focused on the first six-month period of the project, the entire Action 1 was also carried out through relevant activities within Action 2 to 3.

NTUA guided the activity in 1.1, sharing data and progress achieved from past projects and taking responsibilities to link this Activity with dissemination tasks. NTUA in collaboration with L2E and PIC, the developers and UoS also finalized the set of requirements for individual components and the objectives set for Activity 1.4. These will, however, be revised in the course of the project to maximally account for feedback by the targeted region (Viotia).

L2E guided the review in Activities 1.2 and 1.3, embracing the technical teams from the academic beneficiaries (NTUA and UoS) and two developers (AVCO and CLMS) selected to address ontology models and the core web service. The academic teams ensure that the knowledge gained is adequate to the service, coordinating the task with the development stages and highlighting the priorities to follow each time. The developers took time to understand what they need to produce as a practice, now through automation and the installation of the platform.

The diversity of conditions concerning Industrial Symbiosis was a possible constraint. The project aims to identify those differences at the very early stage of the project and hence to focus on finding solutions. The experience of beneficiaries in the target region (Viotia) and already established links with experienced team at L2E and hence whole NISP which also have great level of experience in similar environment worldwide (Mexico, Canada, China, USA) minimise this risk.

The results from the implementation of Action 1 were:

  • Review of existing models for assessment of environmental effects and concomitant metrics which were used for optimisation of partners’ selection in Action 2. Target: minimum of three models and concomitant metrics (CO2 emission, landfill and water conservation).
  • A global picture on existing practices in industrial symbiosis, in particular environmental, economic and technological consequences and opportunities.
  • A set of requirements to ensure flexible and operable industrial symbiosis service, to be used in the process of design and validation of the service in Action 2 and 3.

Progress Indicators:

  • More than (minimum) 12 different industrial sectors shall be represented in the requirements
  • More than (minimum) 10 different waste streams and 10 different technologies have to be included in the course of the project that will be represented for trade
  • More than (minimum) 5 functions to be identified and included (waste registration, technology registration, partner matching, partnership ranking and progress monitoring)
  • 50% of targeted 400 companies are expected to participate fully in the course of the project.
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Project Budget

Total Project Budget: 1.763.295,00

EC Funding: 878.047€

(49,8% of Total Project Budget)

LIFE09 ENV/GR/000300

Development of knowledge-based web services to promote and advance Industrial Symbiosis in Europe with the contribution of the financial instrument LIFE of the European Union
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