Frances Ringwood reports on how government programme is supporting industry through the latest in its offerings of resource efficiency and cleaner production services.

The National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) the national resource efficiency programme of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti); supports industry to save on resources such as water, energy, and input materials through a range of subsidised resource efficiency and cleaner production (RECP) services.

In addition to its RECP assessments, industrial energy efficiency project and internship programme, the NCPC-SA has now added industrial symbiosis to its list of flagship initiatives, through the Industrial Symbiosis Programme (ISP).

The NCPC-SA is managing the Gauteng ISP and the KwaZulu-Natal ISP in partnership with the Gauteng and KZN provincial governments and various metros. It supports Western Cape agency, GreenCape in the delivery of the provinces ISP project.

What is ISP?

Henry Nuwarinda, NCPC-SA Project Manager and champion of the ISP programme nationally, defines industrial symbiosis as a business opportunity approach where unused or residual resources (materials, energy, water, waste, assets, logistics, expertise, and similar.) of one company are used by another, resulting in resource efficiency gains.

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