Circular deals - an international analysis of how deals and certificates can increase the use of secondary resources

Reference number 2018-04681
Coordinator KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLAN - ABE-Skolan
Funding from Vinnova SEK 999 953
Project duration December 2018 - March 2020
Status Ongoing
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.

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