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North Jutland companies have regarded their residual and by-products as resources for a number of years. The map shows a selection of both existing interactions between established companies and newly developed collaborations that could yield positive environmental impacts, documented by Aalborg University. The symbiosis map is in development and more symbioses will be added. Contact Industrial Symbiose North if your company participates in collaborations that save resources or you would like to initiate one, so we can guide you to the right collaboration partners. The map is regularly updated.
Part of the North Jutland network
This shall ensure optimal conditions for new business models, resource flows between companies and opportunities for connecting to green infrastructure, such as district cooling from the nearby groundwater reservoir. A test centre is planned for a wide range of green solutions, supported by the local business environment and joint initiatives such as Green Hub Denmark.
Your company can avail of guidance on establishing in the sustainable business park, sustainable action plans, calculated environmental impacts and specific help with collaborations or sustainable optimisation through Industrial Symbiosis North. If you want to know more about the different options, you can read more under the section “Join us”.
Moreover, companies can develop new products and reach new markets and customer groups, if e.g. residual materials can be processed through the collaborations. The average value of such a symbiosis is far greater – two smaller companies can expect in Sustainable Synergies DKK 1-2 million annually.
In addition, the symbiosis benefits the companies through an improved image, capacity and competence development, along with an enhanced corporate culture and attitude to work in the company. Social benefits and job creation are an additional effect of industrial symbioses. For larger companies, the work of symbiosis is applicable to Environmental, Social and Governance, CSR, and Global Reporting Initiative standards. Additionally, it secures future opportunities for insurance, financing and loans, as the financial sector is also moving in that direction.
The mapping framework
The initiative to showcase the green business collaborations through Industrial Symbiosis North stems from several partners. The Environment ++ collaboration between the Port of Aalborg, AAU and Aalborg Municipality, Aalborg Utilities and RenoNord laid the groundwork for the initiative.
Today, Green Hub Denmark also conveys the story further, and new collaborations are constantly being created. Symbioses in North Jutland are far more extensive than the map shows. The symbioses shown have either exchanged materials at least once, or are in development. They have all been created via Sustainable Synergies or mapped in connection with Environment++.