Circular deals - an international analysis of how deals and certificates can increase the use of secondary resources
|Coordinator||KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLAN - ABE-Skolan|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 999 953|
|Project duration||December 2018 - September 2020|
|Venture||Circular and biobased economy|
|Call||Policy and behavioral issues for a biobased circular economy|
Purpose and goal
The purpose of this project is to explore the space between waste and products. Today, it is difficult to reclassify waste into products, while waste is typically not recycled due to a legal framework that is not adapted to recycle waste into resources. To increase recycling of waste, we will look into how agreements, certificates, standards and quality systems can be used to establish new value chains for postconsumed materials.
Expected results and effects
The project will increase the knowledge of how agreements, standards and requirements can stimulate the establishment of new value chains for waste. By doing so, regulatory barriers to the use of waste will be identified and addressed. The project will also create a platform for stakeholders to discuss how agreements and certificates fits into the Swedish institutional context, what needs to be developed and barriers and opportunities for policy development in the area. The project ends with formulating recommendations.
Planned approach and implementation
This is a collaboration between KTH, LIU, STENA, Tekniska Verken, Njudung, Avfall Sverige and Outokumpu. The project will first study different cases of agreements, certificates and standards for waste in Central Europe. This includes quality protocols in the UK, differentiated requirements for construction materials in Denmark, as well as "Green deals" in the Netherlands. Then, the lessons will be taken home and see how and if this solution can be implemented in Sweden. Thereby, the interest in waste can increase, triggering investment in learning processes and innovation.