Visa sida på Svenska
The swedish network for industrial and urban symbiosis

The swedish network for industrial and urban symbiosis

The swedish network for industrial and urban symbiosis

Participate in the symbiosis

A strategy that creates value

Industrial and Urban Symbiosis (IUS) is a strategic approach to increase resource productivity through collaboration. The strategy is based on long-term cooperation between actors and sectors that increase the value of underutilized resources and promote environmental innovation. IUS improves companies' competitiveness, reduces emissions and the use of primary and fossil resources, while also strengthening regional development and resource security.


• Reduces costs for raw materials, energy, and waste management
• Improves innovation capability
• Strengthens identity and image


• More green, sustainable jobs
• Place marketing
• Strengthened ability to handle change – resilience


• Reduces waste and emissions
• Reduced resource usage
• Increased share of renewables in the regional economy

National and International

• Reduces transportation and climate impact
• Contributes to the transition to a bio-based and circular economy
• Strengthened resource security provides increased safety

About the Network

The Swedish Network for Industrial and Urban Symbiosis (SNIUS) is a prominent association founded to promote and support concrete development in industrial and urban symbiosis in Sweden. Here you will find inspiring examples and case studies, as well as tools that promote this symbiotic development. Additionally, contact information for other members of the network is provided. Our ambition extends to providing all relevant materials from other actors to strengthen and enrich our collective efforts.

Read more about the network

Industrial and Urban Symbiosis in Practice

WA3RM has been a part of SNIUS since the beginning. SNIUS is the meeting place for everyone interested in industrial and urban symbiosis in Sweden, and also a portal to the world. The foundation of SNIUS is the deep knowledge in the subject and the broad network that has been gathered at Linköping University. SNIUS connects knowledge and practice, and also various actors with each other.
Thomas Parker, Founder WA3RM

Latest news

8th SNIUS gathering was in Härnösand, physical and delightful

After a long period of on-line and distance work, around 60 old and new actors met physically in Härnösand for the 8th SNIUS meeting. Following the traditional introduction to SNIUS and recent updates from Sweden, we were joined by IUS practitioners from Denmark and Norway and learned about relevant developments in Nordic countries and in Europe. Before moving on to two very interesting study visits, we listened to the presentations by Mittuniversitet, Big Akwa, Liquid Wind and Övik Energi and learned about exciting initiatives from Västernorrland region. 

The second day focused on the key theme of this year’s gathering: how can municipalities and other local/regional public actors can repond to businesses’ needs to scale up IUS? To set a good foundation for the interactive workshop on this theme, representatives from High Coast Innovation Park, SSAB, Business Region Örebro and municipalities of Lidköping, Bengtsfors, and Sotenäs shared, and briefly discussed, their relevant experiences, plans and challenges. During the interactive workshop, participants discussed specific topics in smaller groups and jointly developed ideas to work further with - both as individual organisations and in partnership with other SNIUS members. 

Presentations from the event can be downloaded with the links below: 

Background to SNIUS and IUS updates from Sweden - Murat Mirata, Linköping University 
Industrial symbiosis initiatives in Denmark and in the Nordics – Per Möller, Kalundborg symbiosis
Industrial symbiosis in Norway and in the EU  – Christophe Pinck, Eyde Cluster 
Framtidens fiskodling – Hugo Wikström, Big Akwa
Liquid Wind & FlagshipONE i symbios med Övik Energi – Carolina Bath (Liquid Wind) and Rickard Pellny (Övik Energi)  
High Coast Innovation Park: Samverkan mellan företag för hållbar industriell symbios inom bioekonomi– Helena Näsström, RISE
Industriell symbios som möjliggör accelererad omställning till fossilfri stålproduktion  – Anna Adolfsson, SSAB 
Varför är det offentliga avgörande i industriell symbios? – Victor Sunnliden, Business Region Örebro
Industriell och urban symbios i Lidköping – Yvonne Träff, Lidköpings kommun
Industriell symbios i Bengtsfors kommun – Jeanette Lindh Svanqvist, Bengtsfors kommun 
Industrial and social symbiosis in Sotenäs – Peter Carlssson, Sotenäs kommun and Chalmers Industriteknik. 

Read the article
All news

Upcoming events

See all events

Webinarie: ÖP och fysisk planering - Hur kan kommunal planering bidra till resurssamverkan och symbiosutveckling?

Annual Conference - We're Turning 10 Years Old!


Do you have questions about industrial symbiosis or our platform? Don't hesitate to contact us! We look forward to hearing from you.