Industrial Ecology Module PRIME Project
5/F Board of Investments Building
385 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City 1200 Philippines
Telefax: (63-2)895-8233, (63-2)899-5688
PRIME Project (Private Sector Participation in Managing the Environment) is a project initiated and funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) whose implementing agency is the Board of Investments, Department of Trade and Industry (BOI-DTI). This project aims to enhance business competitiveness through environmental management.
Industrial Ecology Module of the PRIME Project has the following objectives:
1. Apply principles of industrial ecology in industrial estates and growth centers through a pilot project
2. Undertake studies on existing government policies on industrial growth areas
3. Develop awareness among decision-makers in government and the private sector
4. Assist DTI, BOI and the Philippines Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) in developing environmental guidelines, policies, and programs
Industrial Ecology offers benefits to your company!
1. Revenue Generation
2. Cost savings
3. Reduced liabilities
4. Cost savings through regulatory flexibility
5. Improved opportunities for new investment
6. Enhanced public image
7. Emergence of a firm as a market leader
How can I make IE my business strategy? A company can use industrial ecology as a corporate tool in discovering opportunities to advance its competitive advantage. This can be done by analyzing a firmís value chain or the activities within and outside the firm, entailed to produce its goods and services.
One way of doing this is to view competitive advantage in terms of innovation. Finding unexpected ways to lower the cost of producing goods or identifying ways to increase a productís value are probable methods. These result in enhanced resource productivity which can make a company truly competitive.
What Is Industrial Ecology (IE)? Industrial ecology is a new and innovative strategy for a sustainable industry. Achieving a sustainable industry means meeting a firmís financial bottom line without compromising the state of its surrounding physical environment. Industrial ecology focuses on the interaction of industrial systems and the ecological systems. In the industrial setting, the process involves designing industrial systems to minimize waste and maximize cycling of materials and energy. As far as possible, production systems, instead of the conventional linear fashion, are closed. This is to prevent the loss of energy or useful materials.
Industrial ecology seeks to optimize the total materials cycle from virgin materials to finished material product, and to ultimate disposal. Industrial ecology proposes to close the production loop -- from a linear flow to a closed loop --to recover resources.
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Perhaps the best and the most widely cited example of the by-product exchange strategy of industrial ecology is the exchange network that evolved spontaneously in Kalundborg, Denmark. These exchanges of materials and energy between industrial firms, the community, and farmers began in the late 70s and have generated a significant return on investment and environmental benefits.
The Kalundborg industrial ecosystem is the ideal setting of industrial symbiosis, thus far. It is economically viable, the raw material is cheaper than virgin materials, and it is an inexpensive way of complying with environmental regulations.
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The Module promotes the concept of Industrial Ecology by adopting various information and education strategies. Among the strategies employed are:
1. Seminars and workshops - conducted to build a network among private sector and government participants and to encourage the continued promotion of IE concepts.
2. Distribution of printed materials - publication and distribution of industrial ecology materials, i.e. quarterly newsletters, primers, brochures, briefing kits, etc.
3. IEPhil.Com - publications, BPX Database, and IE activities are posted online to cater to interested parties outside Metro Manila and the Philippines.
4. Audio-Video Presentation - a soon to be released CD-ROM production featuring the components of the Industrial Ecology Module and IE strategies.
The emerging field of industrial ecology, which has its foundations on the principles governing natural ecosystems, provides guidelines to reduce the inherent trade-off between economic development and environmental quality. The basic approach is industrial symbiosis which views industry as an interwoven system of production and consumption; whereby like natural organisms that depend on each other for nutrients and absorb each other's waste, companies exchange by-products for use as raw materials rather than continually using virgin materials and accumulating waste.
The practice of industrial symbiosis is proven to be a workable environmental solution and economically beneficial in the long term as proven by the experience in the Danish industrial town of Kalundborg. A network of industrial symbiosis has emerged over the past 25 years as firms sought to minimize their costs of complying with environmental regulations in this area.
An Integrated Resource Recovery System (IRRS) is a holistic approach in managing the discards of waste generators. It is more than waste management. It unifies the practices of treatment, recycling, and disposal, and elevates it by converting once discarded materials, goods and energy into useful and saleable materials and products. Moreover, this concept also introduces new opportunities in entrepreneurship as it opens doors for service industries to flourish.
An eco-industrial estate (eco-industrial park in the US) is a community of manufacturing and service businesses seeking enhanced environmental and economic performance. The goal of an eco-industrial estate is to improve the economic performance of the participating companies and improve environmental performance. By working together, the community of businesses seeks a collective benefit that is greater than the sum of its individual benefits each company would realize if it optimized its individual performance only. The firms in an eco-industrial park work together to reduce the use of raw materials, reduce outputs of waste, conserve energy and water resources, and reduce transportation requirements.
The Industrial Ecology Module is currently implementing a by-product exchange (BPX) pilot program. This pilot involes 5 industrial estates in the Laguna-Batangas Area: Laguna International Industrial Park (Binan, Laguna), Light Industry Science Park (Cabuyao, Laguna), Laguna Technopark (Sta. Rosa, Laguna), Carmelray Industrial Park (Canlubang, Laguna), and Lima Technology Center (Malvar, Batangas). The BPX program aims to establish a by-product exchange network among the locators of the five participating estates. This will provide companies with the option for managing their waste through waste exchange and opportunities to utilize the waste of other companies as their raw material.
The Module conducted an initial survey of materials, energy, and water in the pilot areas with the assistance of the participating estates. More than 70 companies signified their participation by attending the awareness seminar and submitting their completed survey forms to Prime. Companies not included in the pilot area are also enjoined to participate.
IE Asia was formed during an international conference on Eco-Industrial Development on April 2001 in Manila. IE Asia is composed of EID practitioners from the Asia-Pacific Region, North America, and Europe.