Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme

Connecting Industry, Creating Opportunity
The Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP) develops mutually profitable links between companies from all industrial sectors, so that underutilised resources such as energy and water, and/or materials from one company can be recovered, reprocessed and re-used by others. This strategy has several economic and environmental benefits.

Driven by Business
The programme uses actual business opportunities as the mechanism for encouraging resource efficiency and its holistic approach sees it actively dealing with ALL resources including water, energy, materials, logistics, assets and expertise. The programme is based on the highly successful national programme in the UK (NISP), which demonstrated that industrial symbiosis has the potential to significantly reduce industrial and commercial waste and comprehensively lessen the adverse environmental impacts of business.

Free Membership
WISP is a free facilitation service initiated by the Western Cape Government and delivered by the sector development agency GreenCape. WISP enables synergies to happen by filling the gaps that its members, especially SMEs, could experience due to the lack of time or dedicated expertise needed to identify and implement resource, waste and energy efficient practices. The diversity of the industries in which WISP operates, and the variety and size of its business members, means that WISP has the potential to generate significant economic, environmental and social benefits from the synergies and projects that it brings about.

Partnership with Purpose
WISP works hand in hand with leading trade associations, manufacturers and other organisations to add real value to business. We are working in collaboration with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCOC), National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC), Economic Development Partnership (EDP) and the City of Cape Town (CoCT).

Click here to see a summary report of the August 2014 workshop.

Contact WISP at wisp@green-cape.co.za to become a member and get involved!