What is EPIC 2020 aiming at?

The EPIC 2020 project builds capacity and know-how to promote the most efficient use of available bioenergy resources within ports and port regions. To generate sustainable urban economic growth for Cities, ports and regional businesses based on bioenergy resources and environmental and social values, EPIC 2020 targets the unused bioenergy resource potential. EPIC 2020 supports the transformation of port areas into efficient and carbon-neutral, urban-integrated energy systems by applying the industrial symbiosis approach.

Improve know-how on networking for promoting bioenergy resource symbiosis at port sites.
Elaborate a precise picture of interlinkages between biomass and bioenergy flows.
Stimulate biomass conversion businesses and development at port sites.
Roadmap for bio resource based symbiotic port development.

Industrial and Urban Symbiosis

Industrial and urban symbiosis serves as an important enabler for improving resource use efficiencies and for enhancing the technical and economic feasibilities of key transactions. For the purposes of this project, industrial and urban symbiosis refers to:

Cooperative relations among diverse regional economic activities that enable value addition to under-utilized resources and/or meets common needs more efficiently and effectively. These in turn enhance economic performance, assist business development and competitiveness while also improving social and environmental conditions.

Industrial and urban symbiosis dynamics such as those observed in and around the cities of Norrköping, Linköping and Lidköping will serve as models for inspiration in EPIC 2020.

Ports and Port regions

Ports provide crossing points between transport modes of goods and resources and are ideal starting points for the implementation of the industrial symbiosis concept.

EPIC 2020 integrates four different port sites around Europe in an industrial symbiosis system. Malmö (SE), Mantova (IT), Astakos (GR) and Wismar (DE) which will work together with expert organisation and energy companies to integrate industrial ports and cities in a “bioenergy symbiosis”.

  • bio waste
  • surrounding bioenergy resources
  • biomass from crossing supply chains
  • energy from intensive activities