Industrial Symbiosis

Implementing Industrial Symbiosis and Environmental Management Systems in Tianjin Binhai New Area

Industrial Symbiosis map

China is still struggling to develop effective models of optimally utilizing the myriad of waste streams of SMEs, which are responsible for over 80% of industrial production in China. Industrial Symbiosis creates many synergistic effects for SMEs working together (e.g. in waste management). This approach had been applied by a SWITCH-Asia project in the Tianjin Binhai New Area (hereinafter TBNA) in China. TBNA is a 2270 km2 cluster of industrial development zones with the highest concentration of industrial output in Northern China. With its rapid economic growth, TNBA is experiencing high levels of solid waste and pollution output. In 2007 alone, TBNA produced over 5 million tonnes of solid waste. It has over 400 companies that were identified as key polluting sources.

Industrial Symbiosis involved sharing of information, services, utility, and by-product resources among one or more industrial actors in order to add value, reduce costs and improve environmental performance. Industrial symbiosis was a subset of industrial ecology, with a particular focus on material and energy exchange.

The SWITCH-Asia project "Implementing Industrial Symbiosis and Environmental Management Systems" promoted sustainable production among SMEs in the TBNA by growing a large-scale industrial symbiosis network. It facilitated industrial symbiosis by embedding Environmental Management Systems among SMEs and greening local SME suppliers of multinationals.

The project aimed to create a favorable policy environment for sustainable production and the sustainability of the industrial symbiosis network in TBNA, in Tianjin and across China.

Duration: 10/2009 - 10/2013

Total budget: EUR 1,848,316 (EU Contribution: 80%)

Contact

Song Yuan
TEDA
No.19 Hongda Street
300457 Tianjin
China

http://www.ecoteda.org

Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area (TEDA) Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area (TEDA)
TEDA is northern China's state-sponsored development area, with subsidiaries of major multinational companies like Motorola, Novozymes and Samsung, among others. TEDA's Administrative Commission is the lead applicant of this project, and as such is respon
National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP)
NISP has been delivering Industrial Symbiosis programmes throughout the world, creating business opportunities and maximising the use of resources for mutual benefit. NISP will provide training, support and technical assistance to the in-country delivery
United Nations Industrial Development Organisation - Investment and Technology Promotion Office China (UNIDO ITPO China) United Nations Industrial Development Organisation - Investment and Technology Promotion Office China (UNIDO ITPO China)
UNIDO ITPO China is a field office of UNIDO in China. UNIDO ITPO China’s role is to provide TEDA with support and guidance in the implementation of the project and to coordinate policy development work as well as policy study tour.
Tianjin Municipal Economic Commission (TMEC) Tianjin Municipal Economic Commission (TMEC)
TMEC is the municipal government agency responsible for promoting circular economy. TMES is an influential government agency in Tianjin and will be supporting activities such as membership recruitment and project promotion.
Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone (TJFTZ) Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone (TJFTZ)
TJFTZ is the largest free trade zone in northern China. It will provide the project access to hundreds of companies, trade organisations and public bodies operating within the zone.
Tianjin Harbour Industrial Park Administrative Commission Tianjin Harbour Industrial Park Administrative Commission
Tianjin Harbour Industrial Park featured with heavy equipment manufacturing, has a functional zone in the Binhai New Area and a state-level demonstration zone of circular economy. Its Administrative Commission will participate in the industrial symbiosis
Impact Sheet Impact Sheet
In this final publication, the Industrial Symbiosis project reported on the economic, environmental and social impacts as well as its achievements in terms of target group engagement and policy development. The project has completed in 2013.

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Fact Sheet

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Project Progress Sheet

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Waste Metal Processed for Reuse

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Project Poster

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