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Reporting methodology

Industrial symbiosis delivers many environmental, economic, and social benefits. Nevertheless, the lack of common standards to measure and report on industrial symbiosis transactions hinders IS’s uptake in Europe. The lack of evidence on the gains from industrial symbiosis discourages businesses in initiating industrial symbiosis activities. CircLean will develop and roll out an EU-wide voluntary common reporting system on the performance of IS transactions.

Working together to ensure the establishment of structural reliable evidence reporting at EU-level for industrial symbiosis.

The methodology is developed in co-creation with the members of the CircLean network to ensure it accurately reflects end-users’ (businesses’) needs. Starting from the existing NISP® reporting methodology (adapted by facilitators in 12 Member States), CircLean will consult and adapt to align it with the network requirements. Network members, together with DG GROW, decide which indicators will be reported on the basis of interest from their companies.

The methodology intends to demonstrate the link between the direct results from industrial symbiosis transactions and their economic and environmental impacts. It will provide European businesses with the tools to realise savings, including on disposal costs, raw materials costs, water and energy or greenhouse gas emissions.

Our objective is to encourage businesses to keep resources in the production loop for longer by

  • promoting awareness of the market potential of industrial symbiosis
  • demonstrating the economic, environmental, and societal benefits of industrial symbiosis
  • strengthening the links with the corporate social responsibility of companies

The CircLean reporting methodology will also harmonise information on industrial symbiosis and establish a reliable evidence base at EU-level. It will detail how the results and impacts of industrial symbiosis transactions can be linked up with existing databases in Eurostat. It will also be crystallised into a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA), elaborated along proven consensus-building procedures, to reach a European consensus on IS reporting methodology.