Resource efficiency offers major economic opportunities for the European Process Industry, both in terms of cost savings as well as opportunities to offer greener products and services. Industrial Symbiosis (IS) is the use by one company or sector of by-products, including energy, water, logistics and materials, from another. The approach that underpins SHAREBOX centres on a logical workflow that covers from the identification of new symbiotic synergies right through optimised connections among companies and organisations in established symbiotic relationships.

SHAREBOX will provide plant operations and production managers with the robust and reliable information that they need in real-time in order to effectively and confidently share resources (plant, energy, water, residues and recycled materials) with other companies in an optimum symbiotic ecosystem.


To develop and bring to market a secure platform for the flexible management of shared process resources with intelligent decision support tools. To provide plant operations and production managers with the robust and reliable real-time needed to optimise symbiotic connections (plant, energy, water, residues and recycled materials) with other companies in a symbiotic ecosystem.


In order to overcome the limitations in current Industrial Symbiosis delivery and ICT tools for IS facilitation, a number of key innovations are being brought to the SHAREBOX development that will yield a world first ICT platform technology that holds the potential to be a major catalyst for increased Industrial Symbiosis (IS) among process industries and for enabling cross-sectoral interactions
Delivering next generation Industrial Symbiosis; a flexible resources sharing platform that identifies new synergy opportunities.
Developing a secure management platform for shared process resources.
Creating an optimum symbiotic eco-system where companies are able to effectively and confidently share resources.

Phase 1

Identify industry requirements.

Phase 2

Methodologies for Industrial Symbiosis and Mathematical tools for flexible energy use and material flow integration.

Phase 3

SHAREBOX platform architecture definition and software development.

Phase 4

Industrial Symbiosis demonstration sites.

Phase 5

Development of the Business Model.

Phase 6

Networking, dissemination of the results and standardisation

H2020 & SPIRE

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU R&D programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. SHAREBOX is funded under SPIRE-1-2014- Integrated Process Control.

A.SPIRE is an international non-profit association formed to represent the private sector as a partner in the Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE) Public-Private Partnership (PPP) launched as part of the Horizon2020 framework programme. This new association represents more than 114 industrial and research process industry stakeholders from over a dozen countries spread throughout Europe. 

SHAREBOX is inline with the SPIRE roadmap and will deliver a short to medium term impact in the process control and process optimisation technologies for a resource and energy efficient process industry.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 680843.


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H2020 - SPIRE

SPIRE-06-2015 Energy and resource
management systems for improved
efficiency in the process industries
Grant Agreement no. .680843

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