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The EPOS project : operationalizing cross-sectorial industrial symbiosis for the European industry

(2017)
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EPOS (Enhanced energy and resource Efficiency and Performance in process industry Operations via onsite and cross-sectorial Symbiosis)
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This presentation will introduce the European project EPOS (Enhanced energy and resource Efficiency and Performance in process industry Operations via onsite and cross-sectorial Symbiosis) and present its current status of work, with a focus on the work package Business scenarios and the applied methodology. The EPOS project brings together five process industries from five key sectors: steel, cement, chemicals, minerals and engineering. With the intention of reinforcing competitiveness of the EU industry, EPOS partners aim to increase cross-sectorial knowledge and investigate cluster opportunities using an innovative Industrial Symbiosis (IS) tool. EPOS' main objective is to provide a wide range of technological and organisational options for making business and operations more efficient, more cost-effective, more competitive and more sustainable across the different process sectors. An innovative tool is to be developed, applying a proven methodology for the thermo-economical optimization of energy and resource use within and between industrial clusters, taking into account sustainability opportunities. To achieve the objectives of the EPOS tool, a cross-sectorial energy, material and service integration approach is considered, based on process integration methodology. This holistic tool will enable an on-site optimized resource management, further targeting cross-sectorial opportunities. The expected users are process industries, suitable for both small and large scale. The tool will be usable by non-experts, after a reasonable training period, and will thus have a user-friendly interface such that the final user will not be directly in contact with the internal model, but will rather use a 'high-level' platform that reflects his knowledge and understanding of the sites. In addition to the ongoing tool development, a full work package led by Strane is dedicated to developing a generic business case for industrial symbiosis, taking into consideration monetized and non-monetized aspects. One main focus includes internalizing positive social and environmental externalities within the business models of industrial companies. A market study of the potential for industrial symbiosis in Europe was performed. It included the mapping of all industrial sites in the EPOS sectors, the generation of more than 1000 possible synergies, and a preliminary assessment of the economic and environmental relevance of a selection of 28 synergies. The study highlighted industrial hotspots, a consistent approach to identifying and assessing synergies. Each EPOS sector demonstrated a good potential for industrial symbiosis. Future work of the EPOS Project will focus on deepening the analysis of business models and their associated environmental impact assessment, using the life cycle assessment (LCA) approach. The presentation will detail the methodology to link LCA and business models, which may serve as a reference model for future similar undertakings.
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Industrial symbiosis and eco-industrial development, Sustainable business models, Circular economy

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Lessard, Lindsay et al. “The EPOS Project : Operationalizing Cross-sectorial Industrial Symbiosis for the European Industry.” 2017. Print.
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Lessard, L., Bengoa, X., Dettling, J., Bredimas , A., Ogé, S., Maréchal , F., & Van Eetvelde, G. (2017). The EPOS project : operationalizing cross-sectorial industrial symbiosis for the European industry. Presented at the ISIE-ISSST 2017: Science in Support of Sustainable and Resilient Communities.
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Lessard, Lindsay , Xavier Bengoa, Jon Dettling, Alexandre Bredimas , Stéphane Ogé, François Maréchal , and Greet Van Eetvelde. 2017. “The EPOS Project : Operationalizing Cross-sectorial Industrial Symbiosis for the European Industry.” In .
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Lessard, Lindsay , Xavier Bengoa, Jon Dettling, Alexandre Bredimas , Stéphane Ogé, François Maréchal , and Greet Van Eetvelde. 2017. “The EPOS Project : Operationalizing Cross-sectorial Industrial Symbiosis for the European Industry.” In .
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Lessard L, Bengoa X, Dettling J, Bredimas A, Ogé S, Maréchal F, et al. The EPOS project : operationalizing cross-sectorial industrial symbiosis for the European industry. 2017.
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L. Lessard et al., “The EPOS project : operationalizing cross-sectorial industrial symbiosis for the European industry,” presented at the ISIE-ISSST 2017: Science in Support of Sustainable and Resilient Communities, Chicago, US, 2017.
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The EPOS project brings together five process industries from five key sectors: steel, cement, chemicals, minerals and engineering. With the intention of reinforcing competitiveness of the EU industry, EPOS partners aim to increase cross-sectorial knowledge and investigate cluster opportunities using an innovative Industrial Symbiosis (IS) tool. EPOS' main objective is to provide a wide range of technological and organisational options for making business and operations more efficient, more cost-effective, more competitive and more sustainable across the different process sectors. An innovative tool is to be developed, applying a proven methodology for the thermo-economical optimization of energy and resource use within and between industrial clusters, taking into account sustainability opportunities.

To achieve the objectives of the EPOS tool, a cross-sectorial energy, material and service integration approach is considered, based on process integration methodology. This holistic tool will enable an on-site optimized resource management, further targeting cross-sectorial opportunities. The expected users are process industries, suitable for both small and large scale. The tool will be usable by non-experts, after a reasonable training period, and will thus have a user-friendly interface such that the final user will not be directly in contact with the internal model, but will rather use a 'high-level' platform that reflects his knowledge and understanding of the sites.

In addition to the ongoing tool development, a full work package led by Strane is dedicated to developing a generic business case for industrial symbiosis, taking into consideration monetized and non-monetized aspects. One main focus includes internalizing positive social and environmental externalities within the business models of industrial companies.

A market study of the potential for industrial symbiosis in Europe was performed. It included the mapping of all industrial sites in the EPOS sectors, the generation of more than 1000 possible synergies, and a preliminary assessment of the economic and environmental relevance of a selection of 28 synergies. The study highlighted industrial hotspots, a consistent approach to identifying and assessing synergies. Each EPOS sector demonstrated a good potential for industrial symbiosis. 

Future work of the EPOS Project will focus on deepening the analysis of business models and their associated environmental impact assessment, using the life cycle assessment (LCA) approach. The presentation will detail the methodology to link LCA and business models, which may serve as a reference model for future similar undertakings.},
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  location     = {Chicago, US},
  title        = {The EPOS project : operationalizing cross-sectorial industrial symbiosis for the European industry},
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