Symbiosis by design:
save money and reduce environmental impact
UK business could save £23bn a year by using raw materials, energy and water more efficiently.*
The London SIP vision is for a closed loop system, with occupiers sharing resources and exchanging waste or by-products to achieve working efficiencies.
This symbiosis by design delivers cost savings and competitive advantages for
occupiers, while reducing waste and environmental impact, delivering real benefits for companies and communities alike.
Roll over the diagram to see how you can be a part of the symbiosis at London SIP.
Businesses on the park collaborate to exploit synergies, reusing the by-product of one business as the raw material for another. Exchangeable resources can include water, steam, heat, gases, or any other product which can be transported between businesses. Long term, the vision for the park is a ‘closed loop’ system where all raw materials are generated from the by-products of neighbour companies.
London produces about 20 million tonnes of waste a year*, much of which goes to landfill sites outside of London. The Mayor has made a clear commitment to reducing waste sent to landfill, and to manage a significant percentage of it within London boundaries through reuse and recycling.
The capabilities of the companies locating on the London SIP have an important part to play in this strategy, producing energy from waste to power local communities.
*SOURCE: Mayor’s Business Waste Strategy 2011, Introduction
Opportunities to be part of this landmark project are still available. We welcome businesses who are keen to create innovative new relationships with other occupiers and help shape the future of the London SIP through maximising the benefits of industrial symbiosis.
An exemplar park exploiting industrial symbiosis to provide cost savings, minimise on-site waste and encourage innovation.
Occupiers use the waste materials of one company to provide power or raw materials for another. London SIP is the catalyst for the cleantech industry in east London, attracting new investment into the area and providing a model which can be replicated in other cities and communities.
Closed Loop Recycling
Closed Loop Recycling opened for business at the London SIP in June 2008. The plant is the first in the world to use state of the art technology to sort, wash and super clean its plastics and is capable of recycling 35,000 tonnes of plastic bottles each year. Closed Loop Recycling will reconfigure its plant as part of expansion plans due to its success.
The London SIP is closely connected to its local community. Current occupier Closed Loop provides opportunities for local schools to visit the site and learn about the energy from waste facility, providing a vital link to the community’s next generation.
Investment in the park and regeneration of the surrounding area also provides jobs for the growing skilled workforce in the local area. Local educational initiatives such as the £2m Green Technologies Centre opened in 2012 by Barking and Dagenham college are supporting the next generation to work in these green technologies.
TEG was created in 1995 and is in the vanguard of organic waste technology. It has 14 facilities in the UK and its anaerobic digestion (AD) plant on the London SIP will be the company’s first project in the south east and is strategically significant. The TEG facility will fill some of the huge capacity gap which exists in London presently; this will provide a more sustainable option for London moving forward. TEG will be investing in excess of £10m to develop co-located organic waste technology on the London SIP.