The Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP) is a free facilitation service which uses an Industrial Symbiosis (IS) approach to enhance business profitability and sustainability. Industrial symbiosis is a resource efficiency approach where unused or residual resources (materials, energy, water, assets, logistics, expert knowledge) of one company are used by another. This results in mutual economic, social and environmental benefits.
WISP uses a unique facilitation approach to rapidly match member companies’ under utilised resources with those who can utilise them. WISP actively supports its members to realise these business opportunities or “synergies”. The diversity of the industries in which WISP operates, and the variety and size of its business members, means that WISP has the potential to generate significant economic, environmental and social benefits from the synergies and projects that it brings about.
WISP was initiated by the Western Cape Government (South Africa) through its green economy programme and is being delivered by GreenCape.