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Industry Park of Sweden (IPOS)

Helsingborg, Sweden

2007 - ongoing

Type of solution:
  • Energy infrastructures and installations
Solution category:
  • Joint purchase of energy carriers (gas/fuel/wood)
  • Exploitation of one plant
  • Electricity production from waste heat
Industry Park of Sweden (IPOS)


Industry Park of Sweden (IPOS) is an industrial park owned and operated by Kemira in Helsingborg, Sweden. IPOS applies an industrial symbiosis and the companies within the park collaborate around energy, material, utilities, logistics, infrastructure and services.

The park hosts approx. 20 companies within chemical- and food industry, logistics and service. Main component of the collaboration is sharing of recovered energy from chemical industry company Kemira's processes.

The energy distribution is done via energy central, which converts the excess heat to electricity, steam and hot water. The heating needs of the IPOS companies are met by the energy central, which is also responsible of purchasing electricity and natural gas from external sources.

The scheme estimates that it avoids emitting around 120,000 tons of CO2 per year, and that the nearby city has avoided emitting 1.6 million tons of CO2 since 2007.

Best practices key factors

A: Meeting the demand

3 - the solution is identified as high strategic importance.

B: Successfully implemented

3 - the solution is successfully implemented, and it has achieved significant environmental and economic benefits.

C: Cooperative approach

3 - the solution has been achieved through a joint approach of more than 5 organisations.

D: Replicability and scalability

1 - the solution is replicable and/or scalable, but only limitedly so (e.g. depends on boundary conditions).

Why is it a best practice?

The solution expands beyond collaboration in energy efficiency towards industrial symbiosis and is a good practise involving 20 companies with a central energy system utilising waste heat from industrial processes.

The collaboration has very long trajectory and is based on intensive information exchange between the companies of the park.

It has also received public support (local and national level).

Because of these favourable framework conditions, the solution is considered only limitedly replicable.

It received the EU Sustainable Energy Award in 2016.

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