Environmental Wisdom was established in 2020 and widely acknowledged for its expertise in valuing sustainability of industrial symbiosis in an industrial cluster to businesses and community. By using Six Capitals Model (SCM) developed by its director to assess and measure the net benefits in six aspects named as natural, eco-system, financial, manufactured, human and community capital.

EN-WIS projects

Promoting Smart Drinking Water Management in South Asian Cities -Process Specialist (International)

The project was to complete conceptual and preliminary design of two wastewater treatment plants of 30 and 60 MLD each including the sludge management. The steps to complete were:

  • Review the existing data and information in the feasibility study done in 2015/16 and conduct further survey as required;
  • Work with wastewater treatment plant specialist, co-treatment specialist and sewer network specialist to determine the preferred design options of the treatment plants;
  • Considering the wastewater data, identify the design outputs based on which treatment system will be designed;
  • Prepare the process design and operational cost models;
  • Develop the treatment process/mechanism with all the components;
  • Prepare the detailed project reports (including scoping, outline design, cost estimate, timeframe etc.);
  • Finalise the conceptual design and outputs criteria required for DBO package;
  • Assist in preparation of DBO bid documents;
  • Assist in preparation of IEE, EIA and resettlement plan as appropriate;
  • Assist in bidding process (invitations, evaluation & award); and
  • Assist ADB in preparing all the processing documents for Board approval.
Wastewater treatment
industrial symbiosis

Methodology for capturing environmental, social and economic implications of industrial symbiosis in heavy industrial areas

This project was funded by the Australia Research Council with support from Industries in the Kwinana Industrial Area. “The Six Capitals Model” (SCM) was developed to assess sustainability implications of industrial symbiosis of projects in Kwinana Industrial Area.

Methodology used in this research was review and evaluate the experiences of other industrial areas around Europe and Australia by visiting and interviewing many of the major industries and their managers, regulatory bodies, academics and the community groups of these places. This model was then applied to Water Recycling plant (KWRP) in Kwinana to assess sustainability of this project.

SCM became a better tool to assess the integrated benefits of Industrial Symbiosis (IS) between the symbiosis partners of the project. It has the capacity to assess the values of ecosystem capital created due to implementation of the project in addition to the natural capital. The SCM can identify the social benefits such as human and community capital value generated out of this project. It also values the manufactured capital separately from financial capital. It therefore provides an opportunity to identify the value generated to both the community and the participating companies.

The SCM model allows an integration of quantitative and qualitative data to be analysed. One of the main advantages of this method is that with the right indicators, the intangible values of the IS process can also be measured. The results of this model showed that there are broader benefits of symbiosis, not only from operation of the IS projects, but also from the relationship developed during symbiosis.

Six Capitals Model (SCM)

Projects with EEI

Wastewater treatment plant upgrade Harvey Beef, Western Australia

Assessment of existing process wastewater treatment system – DBC Picton Western Australia

Evaluation of the effects of co-treatment of septage in a municipal wastewater treatment pond system in Kalgoorlie – Boulder, Western Australia.

Wastewater treatment
Water Corporation

Projects under Water Corporation

System Planning for Mt. Barker Wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) & Treated wastewater management (TWWM),

Design management and in-house preliminary design of Kojonup WWTP Upgrade,

In-house design and management of Derby WWTP Upgrade,

Strategic planning for duplication of Sepia Depression Ocean Outfall Landline (SDOOL) pipeline,

Options analysis of strategic project Wastewater for future (WW2060),

Cost and option analysis of Woodman Point WWTP,


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Environmental Wisdom believes in an Earth-centered worldview that all humans are part of nature, and we exist for all species' welfare. Nature and all species have inherent value, and these should not be abused or lost to extinction. Our prosperity depends on learning how nature sustains itself and integrating those lessons into how we think and act. For this reason, we provide solutions and support to our clients to reach their potential in maintaining a healthy and regenerative planet.

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