London Sustainable Industries Park, UK
The London Sustainable Industries Park (LSIP) is proposed to be at the heart of the largest concentration of environmental industries and technologies in the UK, centred within the wider context of the East London Green Enterprise District, bringing new life and opportunities to the area.
It will be an exemplar park (67,000 m²) for innovative and emerging technology industries who wish to operate within and embrace the Cradle to Cradle® (C2C) principles of ‘everything being a resource for something else, using solar income and respecting diversity.’ All three principles are planned to become the cornerstone of the LISP that will seek to become the first full C2C site in the UK.
Environmental diversity and integrated resource management are the key distinguishing features of the LSIP, which will provide eco-effective and environmentally diverse business space. Buildings on the park will be required to achieve high benchmarks for energy efficiency, energy resource effectiveness and continuous material loops. The environmental infrastructure that supports the previous will be exemplary in design and be self-sustainable, as much as possible.
Synergies between businesses will be exploited to ensure that opportunities to minimize the production of and maximize the reuse of waste are taken into account when designing process and production techniques. The aim is to develop an industrial symbiosis over time, where businesses use each other’s by-products and share resources, moving towards a continuous loop system which is enabled through geographical proximity.
Assignment within C2C BIZZ
A Development Framework was drawn up to articulate the C2C goals for a site specific development. Afterwards a Memorandum of Understanding was formulated to secure the agreement between the site owner, respective promotor or operator and the tenants who want to settle in the area.
Also a C2C demonstration facility was realized. A scale pilot plant that upcycles nil value waste (=resources) from other on-site production processes. The machine can validate what are the best ways to produce lightweight aggregate at a commercial scale from residual wastes. Together with clay from the London area the machine produces little ceramic balls that can for example be used as substrate for green rooftops or as building materials.
Read more about the pilot sites on www.c2c-centre.com and in the ‘Guide to Cradle to Cradle® inspired business sites’.