National Center for Sustainable Production and Consumption

Period: 2019 – 2022

Target groups 

INSIGHT is targeting current and future workers of regional development agencies, technology centers, clusters, local and regional administrations, technology parks, as well as any other entity related to the economic development of specific areas of the territory.

 Activities and results

The expected intellectual outputs of INSIGHT are:

  •  IO1 - Report on industrial symbiosis skills, competences and critical knowledge
  •  IO2 – INSIGHT joint curriculum
  •  IO3 - Training and collaborative platform
  •  IO4 - Blueprint report for industrial symbiosis


INSIGHT Partners 

Ecores, Belgium – project leader

Simbyosy, Spain

Styrian Technology Park, Slovenia

Centre Tecnologico Del Mueble y La Madera de La Region de Murcia, Spain

National Centre for Sustainable Production and Consumption, Romania

Sistemi Formativi Confindustria, Italy

INSIGHT joint curriculum

To develop the Industrial Symbiosis Facilitator professional profile, the INSIGHT partners designed a dedicated training curriculum. Built taking into consideration the European Framework for Vocational Education and Training (VET), the training course is composed of five modules divided into several training units. Learning outcomes in terms of knowledge, skills, and competences are associated to each unit. ECVET points* are allocated to these learning units based on time and relevance. The INSIGHT curriculum will have a duration of 150 hours, corresponding to a total of 6 ECVET points.


The Curriculum’s five learning modules are:

  • Module 1: IS Theory, Concepts and Context (3 training units – 21 hours)  

Basic knowledge around Industrial Symbiosis, including history, concepts of industrial ecology and symbiosis, legal framework, key barriers and advantages. Also providing a more detailed description of the role of industrial facilitator. 

  • Module 2: Resource Management (4 training units – 34.5 hours)

Detailed explanation of the circularity of resources with three major focuses on waste materials, water resources and energy. 

  • Module 3: IS Management (5 training units – 31.5 hours)

Step by step managerial approach to IS implementation via data collection, resource flow analysis, available circular economy and IS platforms. It includes an overview on the financial opportunities in order to finally build a sustainable business model. 

  • Module 4: Soft Skills for IS (3 training units – 25.5 hours)

Effective training on how to pitch IS to stakeholders, alongside entrepreneurship mindset, design-thinking strategies and co-creation methods. At the same time, it is supported by models of collaboration for inter-company work. 

  • Module 5: IS Case Studies (3 training units – 4.5 hours) 

Concrete view on successful cases of industrial symbiosis. Each unit focuses on different approaches adopted: territorial, industrial park and company. 


To validate the common curriculum, 72 stakeholders from different countries and backgrounds were involved. They are the main target of the Common Curriculum: employees from industries, regional development agencies, technology parks, local and regional administrations, etc.

More information can be found on


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Project co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union
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