Why Aspire?

Industry faces new challenges in today’s world where the cost of waste disposal is on the rise. No longer is it cost-effective to send waste to landfill. Neither is it resource-efficient or socially acceptable for environmentally conscious companies not to consider end-of-pipe impacts. 

ASPIRE has been developed in response to manufacturing companies talking to their local councils about high waste disposal costs, particularly those associated with increasing landfill levies. ASPIRE leverages CSIRO's expertise in industrial engineering and industrial ecology, operations research and information retrieval to build a software tool that identifies potential business to business (B2B) resource exchanges. This typifies the common term “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. ASPIRE is also connected with the concept of the circular economy and adoption of this and industrial symbiosis in the European Union and World Economic Forum. 

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/circular-economy/ http://www.weforum.org/projects/circular-economy

Who is it for?

ASPIRE provides benefit to SMEs, service providers, manufacturers, recyclers, remanufacturers and CSIRO’s project partner local government councils. It is the lever for innovation, collaboration and economic sustainable development by; generating alternative supply chain pathways for resources and greater local connections between businesses, improving business networking, data capture of information not currently collected for SMEs by local or state government, driving greater engagement in recycling and alternatives to landfill and the identification of materials innovation opportunities. ASPIRE will reduce business operating costs, create new business opportunities and jobs, improve business awareness of waste streams and increase knowledge of resource exchange opportunities.

ASPIRE was developed by CSIRO under the State Government of Victoria’s Digital Futures Fund, in partnership with City of Kingston Council, Hume City Council, Knox City Council, and City of Greater Dandenong. After an initial proof of concept stage, we are operating as a pilot from 2017 to 2018 with additional partners including the Barwon South West Waste & Resource Recovery Group.

How it works.

ASPIRE users are invited to join via their local council or other network. They are provided with a  Company Registration Code. They create a user account at https://aspire.csiro.au containing the profile information they wish to share with other users, such as contact details for the business and their web address. They then enter details about the type and quantity of their substitutable inputs and waste materials (outputs). Using this data, ASPIRE’s Supply Chain Options Model determines optimal sources and destinations for the materials, including options for aggregation with other local businesses, appropriate investment opportunities such as compactors for low density wastes, and local recyclers. The profile information for the users associated with these suggestions are then provided to the user. The model result is then used in combination with profile data, resource and technology libraries, to present a rich content environment where the user can explore the suggestions in context with both specifically developed case study materials and information retrieved from the broader internet. 

ASPIRE is deployed using existing established council and manufacturing business networks, and supports local government business sustainability programs. It captures and codifies SME material inputs, outputs (waste and by-products) and processes and has a powerful optimisation model that takes this data and provides an SME user with three things: 

  • Suggested B2B resource matches, both substitute inputs or sources and output destinations 
  • Personalised search results to support the suggested matches 
  • Case studies for related resource matches

Further information.

To learn more about the science behind ASPIRE please visit: https://research.csiro.au/aspire/

Please read aspire_information.pdf