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Industrial Symbiosis

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The unique thing about Kawerau is that it was purposely designed to incorporate the world’s largest application of geothermal energy for direct industrial use, along with access to plentiful forests and mighty rivers.

When combined with a closed loop value chain – we have the perfect location to substantially change the way industries operate.


Industrial Symbiosis is a smarter way of companies sharing and utilising their resources so that nothing goes to waste.
This leads to commercial opportunities, job creation and better environmental outcomes. In Kawerau, however, it means much more than that.

Welcome to Kawerau,

A special place that offers a unique opportunity to operate sustainable businesses utilising our abundant resources. Together we embrace business, the environment, and the community.

  • Smarter
  • Cleaner
  • Together

Industrial Symbiosis Kawerau is a smarter way of doing business by creating efficiencies and opportunities, while tapping into the abundant renewable resources of the region.

Industrial Symbiosis Kawerau means businesses that run on cost effective, reliable energy, while looking to gain competitive advantages over the rest of the industry through increased efficiencies and a lower carbon footprint. As consumer concerns over sustainability increase, Industrial Symbiosis Kawerau provides an environmentally friendly solution.

Opportunities in Kawerau include the manufacture of products such as biofuels, adding further value to wood fibre, or capturing and processing a range of waste streams to create new products.

If you want your company to flourish, join the industrial evolution in Kawerau and embrace smarter business.

We only have one planet. Industrial Symbiosis Kawerau is the answer for contemporary organisations that wish to lower their carbon footprint, optimise resources and help make this world a better place for future generations.

Industrial Symbiosis Kawerau offers an opportunity to have a positive impact on climate change by reducing the amount of carbon emissions in the atmosphere and the amount of waste in the ground.

When its close proximity to the Port of Tauranga is combined with the utilisation of geothermal energy and renewable resources, Kawerau is able to make a real difference to the planet we live on.

The world’s largest application of geothermal energy for direct industrial use provides renewable energy that is sustainable and reliable. If we truly care about the world we leave behind, we must embrace cleaner industry.

It takes a unique blend of factors to make industrial symbiosis a viable business model. Kawerau has everything needed for a harmonious relationship.

Kawerau offers a combination of commercial opportunities and access to an abundance of natural resources that is unrivalled in this country. When our affordable housing and enviable climate is combined with the region’s unspoilt environment, it makes for a winning formula.

Industrial Symbiosis Kawerau offers companies the opportunity to:

  • Benefit from the world’s largest application of geothermal energy for direct industrial use
  • Access direct heat and sustainable constant electricity from a secure and cost-effective supply
  • Enjoy a supportive and enabling regulatory environment
  • Benefit from highly efficient transport infrastructure that connects to the world-class Port of Tauranga
  • Plug into the nearby science and research community in Taupo and Rotorua.
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