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The FISSAC project – Fostering Fissac HIndustrial Symbiosis for a Sustainable Resource Intensive Industry across the extended Construction Value Chain – involves stakeholders at all levels of the construction and demolition value chain to develop a methodology, and software platform to facilitate information exchange, that can support industrial symbiosis networks and replicate pilot schemes at local and regional levels.

Project co-funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme, 2015 - 2020.


The FISSAC project is ending and achieving its results regarding the demonstration sites, the FISSAC model, the platform, and the living labs. They will all be presented during a final conference taking place on 29 January 2020 in Brussels.

All interested stakeholder are invited to register before 22 January 2019!


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FISSAC aims to create a model to support industrial symbiosis networks, in the form of both a methodology and a software platform facilitating information exchange.

The ambition of the project is that the model can be replicated in other regions and other value chain scenarios.

The model will be based on three sustainability pillars:

•    Environmental (with a life-cycle approach)
•    Economic
•    Social (taking into consideration stakeholder engagement and impact on society).


FISSAC aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of the processes, services and products at different levels.


Industrial symbiosis is a form of brokering to bring companies together in innovative collaborations, finding ways to use the waste from one as raw materials for another.

Local or wider co-operation in industrial symbiosis can reduce the need for virgin raw material and waste disposal, thereby closing the material loop – a fundamental feature of the circular economy and a driver for green growth and eco-innovative solutions. It can also reduce emissions and energy use and create new revenue streams.

The FISSAC project will be working with stakeholders to understand these aspects and build a model and supporting systems that will endeavour to overcome the current challenges.


A methodology and a software platform will be developed in order to implement the innovative industrial symbiosis model in a feasible scenario of industrial symbiosis synergies between industries (steel, aluminium, natural stone, chemical and demolition and construction sectors) and stakeholders in the extended construction value chain.

It will guide how to overcome technical and non-technical barriers as well as standardisation concerns to implement and replicate industrial symbiosis in a local/regional dimension.

It envisages three interventions:

  • Manufacturing processes: demonstration of closed-loop recycling processes to transform waste into valuable acceptable secondary raw materials;
  • Product validation: demonstration of the eco-design of eco-innovative construction products in pre-industrial processes, under a life-cycle approach;
  • Industrial symbiosis model: replicability assessment of the model through Living Lab concept.


FISSAC’s project coordinator is ACCIONA (Acciona Infrastructures S.A., ES) and its project partners are:

  • ACR+, Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management (BE)
  • UNE, Asociacion Española de Normalización y certificación (ES)
  • CSIC, Agencia estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (ES)
  • AKG Gazbeton, AKG Gazbeton Isletmeleri Sanayi Veticaretcaret AS (TR)
  • Befesa, Befesa Salzschlacke GMBH (DE)
  • British Glass Manufacturers Con., British Glass Manufacturers Confederation Limited (UK)
  • CSM, RINA Consulting S.p.A. - Centro Sviluppo Materiali S.p.A. (IT)
  • D’Appolonia, RINA Consulting S.p.A. | D’Appolonia S.p.A. (IT)
  • EKODENGE, EKODENGE Muhendislik Mimarlik Danismanlik Ticaret Anonim Sirketi (TR)
  • Ecodek® Specialist Building Products Ltd. (UK)
  • FUNAB, Fundación Agustín de Betancourt (ES)
  • FENIX, Fénix TNT s.r.o (CZ)
  • Feralpi, Feralpi Siderurgica S.p.A. (IT)
  • GEONARDO, Geonardo Environmental Technologies Ltd (HU)
  • GTS, Glass Technology Services Ltd (UK)
  • TRI, Ingenieurbuero Trinius GMBH (DE)
  • OVAM*, Openbare Vlaamse Afvalstoffenmaatschappij (BE)
  • RINA, RINA Services S.p.A. (IT)
  • RISE, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB - SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB (SE)
  • CBI, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB | CBI Betonginstitutet AB (SE)
  • SIMBIOSY, Simbiosy - Simbiosi Insutrial SL (ES)
  • TÇMB (TCMA), Turkiye Cimento Mustahsilleri Birligi (TR)
  • TECNALIA, Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation (ES)

* ACR+ member


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