The zerowin production model for zero waste in industrial networks

The “ZeroWIN Production Model” was developed within the framework of the ZeroWIN Project (“Towards Zero Waste in Industrial Networks”). This environmental engineering project was carried out in collaboration, and was largely funded by the Seventh Framework Research Programme of the European Commission. The project objective is the development, deployment and practical assessment of innovative technologies and strategies to reduce resource consumption and prevent waste generation, based on symbiosis amongst companies. Through this industrial synergy, the aim is to overcome the isolation in which the production centres of organisations traditional work and progress towards sustainability, fostering the physical exchange of materials, energy, water and by-products, and promoting the sharing of resources, services, facilities and knowledge. The “ZeroWIN Production Model” is considered to be the instrument for the introduction of the zero waste philosophy into industrial networks and for the application of tools and actions, to their full potential, in order to achieve this objective

The ZeroWIN project (“Towards Zero Waste in Industrial Networks”) has extended the search for and achievement of minimum environmental impact from the production line and the company to the industrial network, which may encompass different sectors of activity [1]. The essential aim is to overcome traditional thinking, whereby the by-products and waste of one company or industrial sector cannot be a source of value for other activities, and to put into practice relationships between companies in order to achieve two of the following three environmental enhancements:

  • Reduction of at least 30% in greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reuse and recycling of at least 70% of waste in general
  • Reduction of at least 75% in water consumption

Sixto Arnaiz1, Bernd Kopacek2

  • 1 GAIKER-IK4; Zamudio, Spain
  • 2 SAT (Austrian Society for Systems Engineering and Automation),
    Viena, Austria

Article published in: FuturENVIRO October 2013