Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NEPIC Looks to Future of Business Parks

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NEPIC Looks to Future of Business Parks

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THE Teesside process industry organisation, NEPIC, is leading a major European project to design the industrial parks of the future.

The LOCIMAP project is aimed at identifying practical pathways for the development of more sustainable parks.

Tapping into state-of-the-art technical and business know-how across the European Union, the project will identify the practical paths for revitalising industry with a lower carbon base.

The experts involved believe this will be achieved by creating much closer integration in manufacturing complexes so they can operate at increased efficiency both of energy and material use, and with lower emissions.

Stan Higgins, CEO of NEPIC, said: "NEPIC are delighted and proud to be leading such an important piece of work on behalf of all industrial sectors across the EU. Clustering of businesses in industrial parks is nothing new, but in most instances not enough thought has been put into maximizing the efficiency of all the operations on a particular park.

"For example it is most usual that a park with 20 industrial units may have 20 steam raising boilers, 20 heating systems 20 electrical sub stations, 20 warehouses, 20 security systems and so on. When you see it written down like this the opportunities for improved efficiency and symbiosis become obvious.

"Like most good ideas this is not rocket science, the best results often come from simple rational thinking and shared best practice rather than from new inventions. …

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