The relationships among the firms comprising the Kalundborg Eco-Industrial Park form an industrial symbiosis. Generally. Read chapter The Industrial Symbiosis at Kalundborg, Denmark: Industrial ecology is a concept that has emerged in response to growing public concern about. The Solution: by working together and exchanging material, water, and energy streams between the partners, Kalundborg Symbiosis increases resilience and.
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Jay and Jeanne Bragdon visited the Kalundborg Symbiosis on September 23,where they talked with project officer, Berndt Jespersen. This means it now takes the Earth one year and six kalunndborg to regenerate what we use in a year. Long before the world began to run short of oil, water and other strategic resources, a group of pioneering companies, in partnership with the municipality of Kalundborg, Denmark began a far-sighted experiment.
This public-private symbiosis began modestly in the early s in an effort to conserve fresh water supplies and reduce operating costs.
It has since grown into a progressive generator of value.
As the following conceptual map of the project illustrates, the number, scope and bio-sophistication of exchanges has grown year by year. The successes of participating companies are now such that other innovative companies want to join in order to test new technologies on a large scale.
Kalundboorg resource savings of the symbiosis are prodigious and growing. Init reduced CO2 emissions by abouttons per year and water consumption by an estimated 30 percent.
Gyproc used scrubbed stack gases from Asneas to producetons of gypsum for wallboard construction. Nearby cement manufacturers used recycled fly ash to produce concrete. Inbicon makes bio-ethanol from organic waste material from the farms, using the waste steam from Asneas plus enzymes and yeast from Novozymes.
Its goal is to produce fuels and high-value products from biomass to replace oil-based chemical and pharmaceutical products. One promising new venture REnescience uses enzymes to treat non-sorted household waste into bio-ethanol, biogas, electricity and heat with reprocessed metals and glass as residue.
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Another uses microalgae to extract from wastewater bio-fuels plus high value pharmaceutically active compounds. The brute force of traditional industry practice abetted by its voracious appetite for virgin materials, aggressive marketing and prodigious waste is no longer practical or acceptable.
As indicated by the Global Footprint Network, the earth cannot sustain present rates of resource extraction and waste generation. Its biological carrying capacity is declining at an accelerating pace. The simple truth is: Something has to give. The horrifying alternative to business as usual is accelerating ecological decline, species extinction, public health epidemics, economic disruption and social upheaval.
The Kalundborg symbiosis offers some hope of escaping this awful fate by addressing both the biological and economic challenges before us.
Although not a total solution, it nevertheless stands as a practical step forward. The goal is to create an industrial metabolism that mimics a biological metabolism in the sense that little or nothing is wasted. Companies that mimic life in the ways they organize and operate are particularly skilled at doing this.
Industrial symbiosis in Kalundborg
Their highly integrated open networks allow information and knowledge to spread quickly; their servant leadership cultures grow individual knowledge and team capacity; and their life-affirming missions, values and visions inspire employees to work with their hearts as well as their minds. By so leveraging human intelligence and creativity these companies are quick to learn and adapt kalunrborg the world about them changes.
For more on this topic, see the text of my September 21, talk in Copenhagen.
Bio-innovation leaders, such as Kalujdborg Nordisk and its offspring Novozymes, have been at the forefront of this revolutionary reimagining of corporate culture. Others in the symbiosis are catching on quickly.
All five primary corporate tenants of the symbiosis have ,alundborg records of performance. Beyond the cost savings they achieve by virtue of their resource frugality, they have been consistent innovation and profit leaders. Novozymes, which was spun out of Novo Nordisk intripled its profits over the past decade and remains the world leader in industrial enzymes plus a rising force in biotech.
Gyproc is a subsidiary of Saint Gobain, the European or world leader in all its activities. Risk is predominantly based on the year credit default swap premium.
These bona fides should deflect criticisms that the Kalundbord symbiosis is an unrealistic model for a kkalundborg economic system. The concept works because it is fundamentally sound. Returning to the current global reality of ecological and economic decline, we are compelled to ask: Especially when a more viable model with a year history of success is here for the whole world to see.
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The Kalundborg Symbiosis A model of progressive resource exchanges. Replacing brute industrial force with intelligence The brute force of traditional industry practice abetted by its voracious appetite for virgin materials, aggressive marketing and prodigious waste is no longer practical or acceptable. Others in the symbiosis are catching on quickly From Intelligent Solutions to Profit Leadership All five primary kalundborf tenants of the symbiosis have exemplary records of performance.
Risk is predominantly based on the year credit default swap premium These bona fides should deflect criticisms that the Kalundbord symbiosis is an unrealistic model for a capitalist economic system.
It is time we put aside outdated thinking and adopt the symbiosis model. Symbiosia Blog About Contact.