Today I would like to write a post that relates environment with logistics. With this aim, I am going to make a little explanation about the ‘eco-industrial parks’ (EIPs).
Eco-industrial parks are industrial parks in which businesses cooperate with each other and with the local community integrating technical, financial and logistical solutions in an attempt to reduce waste and pollution, efficiently share resources.
In Denmark there is an EIP called Kalundborg. In this EIP there are numerous symbiosis between the industries placed there, for example, there is a coal-fired power plant which provides energy to the other industries placed on this EIP and also sells the steam for a pharmaceutical manufacturer and a refinery.
In this case, there are a lot of materials that are constantly being transported like ethanol, water, waste, sulphur, etc. Some of them are transported through pipes between companies (avoiding the use of trucks, trains, ships and planes) and some of them are transported by trucks, but they only drive short distances.
Therefore, thanks to the nearness of the industries and as their products are useful for each other, they can reduce enormously the cost of transportation, making logistics easier and reducing the environmental impact as well.
You can also watch a video (2:35 mins): https://youtu.be/1yCYGOxnpSY
Joaquín Sánchez Planelles