The National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) has just rolled out its business opportunity programme to Northern Ireland, meaning that it now covers all of the UK with nine English regions and both Scotland and Wales on board.
Commenting on this, NISP director Peter Laybourn said: The Northern Ireland (NI) launch establishes NISP as a truly national programme and we are very much looking forward to working with businesses within the region.
As the programmes remit widens, NISP is bringing on board a higher concentration of companies across every industrial sector. This in turn will help create an ever increasing amount of synergies, and therefore, more business opportunities, as well as export opportunities with the addition of NI.
The initiative recently celebrated the landmark of its 6,000th member and is well on target to achieve its environmental and economic targets with a host of impressive statistics to back up its endeavours between April 2005 and December 2006.
During that time, it has helped to avoid the use of 3.5 million tonnes of virgin materials, eliminated 202,000 tonnes of hazardous waste and reduced C02 emissions by 1.6 million tonnes.
It has also helped to save companies over £48 million and generated sales to the tune of £47 million, while attracting over £35 million in investment in reprocessing and recycling, creating 383 new jobs and saving 442 others.
NISP will be working in partnership with Invest Northern Ireland (INI) whose director of business improvement services Victor Jordan said: INI offers a range of services to help businesses make more efficient use of waste and energy.
NISP will compliment our existing support for business by helping local companies identify collaborative opportunities to save money, improve resource efficiency and reduce environmental impact. We are delighted to be facilitating the introduction of this programme in NI.