Industrial symbiosis for competitive food production in Härnösand

The food system in Västernorrland involves several actors and both the challenges and the opportunities are many.

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It requires a diversity of activities and initiatives that are coordinated and implemented in collaboration between actors to strengthen innovation and research that paves the way for a sustainable system. Guidelines for how this collaboration on sustainable and competitive food production can be designed can advantageously be based on the concept of Industrial Symbios to promote long-term collaborations between local and regional actors and at the same time reduce the need for both raw materials and waste management and thereby close recycling loops. Sotenäs Symbioscentrum has developed a tool to start work on industrial symbiosis in a region that we believe could contribute to more efficient use of resources and bioregional development in Västernorrland.

Experience from Sotenäs Symbioscentrum shows that a clear process owner who coordinates and drives the development of industrial symbiosis is central to long-term success and attracting new business establishments. Within Mid Sweden University, there is an effort to be a key player for sustainable development in the region, and together with other relevant players, Mid Sweden University can be the core of the work with Industrial Symbiosis in the region.

The project intends to contribute to knowledge that promotes that development in Härnösand municipality through circular processes and a model for collaboration. The project also aims to promote a parallel development between more traditional food production and new foodtech initiatives in the region as both areas can use and benefit from each other.


SEK 800,000, SEK 400,000 per party


Project leader

Henrik Haller

Universitetslektor|Senior Lecturer

010-142 81 36

Anna-Sara Fagerholm

Universitetslektor|Senior Lecturer

010-142 84 59

Project members

Anneli Kuusisto, Härnösands kommun

Anneli Kuusisto, Härnösands kommun

Petra Forsström, chef Näringslivsenheten, Härnösands kommun

Petra Forsström, chef Näringslivsenheten, Härnösands kommun


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