Speakers Day 2 - April 22 2021

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Nordic Circular Hotspot and the need for digital circular collaboration platforms

We will describe what the Nordic Hotspot will be, how we will create it, and the unique network that we are building. We will also in advance invite all participants to be part of the network. The Circular Hotspot will be:
A tailored matchmaking network for the Nordics
-connecting you with the businesses, people and organisations you should be connected to
A tailored knowledge provider for the Nordics
-sharing the information, challenges, experiences you need for your successful transition
A tailored platform for the Nordics
-Webinars, meetups, conferences, one to one meetings that you need to get shit done
How do we do this:
We have a network of people, we have a bank of knowledge and we tailor the solution to your circular problem based on you and your needs.
The Hotspot at present is funded by Nordic Innovation.

Josefina Sallén
founding member of the Nordic Circular Hotspot, Focus Area Manager Circular Transition at RISE. Josefina Sallén has 25+ years experience from change management senior manager, CEO and as organizational consultant. She has experience from a broad range of industries from automotive and process industry to construction and pharmaceuticals both in Sweden and internationally. The past years she has made use of this knowledge to engage in circular transition and create true impact. Her focus is on hands on transition and bringing the wide knowledge from the entire RISE organization out to companies.

Elin Bergman
Cradlenet & Nordic Circular Hotspot, Development of Circular Economy stakeholder platforms in the Nordics.

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CIRCit – Circular Economy Integration in the Nordic Industry for Enhanced Sustainability and Competitiveness

Closing the loop strategies are reviewed within the project CIRCit for manufacturing industry in the Nordic countries, considering the conditions that are typical for the region. Among the relevant inputs for an informed decision is information on the residual value at the end of use, and ways to capture it. Knowledge on the actual state of an asset is divided between manufacturers and users. Barriers for reuse such as restricted chemicals in existing products and technological obsolescence are often presented as reasons why closing product and material cycles is not further implemented yet. Within CIRCit, a framework is developed that identifies suitable closing the loop options and formulates requirements for sophisticated future recycling processes.

Jutta Hildenbrand

PhD researcher at RISE Division Production and materials

Graduated from Technische Universität Berlin (Dipl. Ing. Environmental engineering) and University of Wuppertal (Ph.D. degree in safety engineering). Since 2015 she is working as a research scientist and project manager at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. Her research fields are life cycle assessment and system analysis for product systems including a focus on chemicals assessment.

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Circular IKEA and the Nordic approach

Per Stoltz
Sustainability Leader Ingka Group

Per Stoltz connects retail business knowledge with circular economy. He started working as IKEA's purchasing manager in Italy, then moved to Sweden to work with global strategic purchasing and product development in the IKEA headquarters. He has been engaged in sustainability issues, and for the past three years has led the transition for the world's largest furniture retailer to become a truly circular company.


CE@KTH leading the transition towards Circular Economy in Sweden and beyond

The Circular Economy (CE) at KTH (CE@KTH) initiative aims to establish and strengthen CE driven research and education in Sweden. The goal is to put together competences and activities related to CE at different schools and departments and develop a common strategy for future research and collaboration. CE@KTH also works to expanding collective competence of Swedish research and development teams and delivers expert assistance across industries in Sweden. The CE@KTH platform is open for both researchers and industrial partners to join, discuss their challenges and co-create solutions to advance their knowledge and its implementation in transition from linear to circular industrial systems.

Amir Rashid
Professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Amir Rashid is a Professor and head of the Manufacturing and Metrology Systems Division at the Department of Production Engineering, School of Industrial Engineering and Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He has a PhD in Production Engineering and more than 15 years of experience in manufacturing industry. His initial research had a focus on productivity improvements in the manufacturing processes and lately shifted more to sustainability in manufacturing systems. Currently he is coordinating different CE related initiatives and research projects at Swedish, Nordic, and European level.

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A more sustainable material use, actions needed

Legislation and implementation are similar in the Nordic countries, synergies possible. Some proposed actions; increased use of functional sale, in classification use bioavailability instead of concentration and common Nordic criteria for end-of-waste.

Christer Forsgren
R&D manager Stena Recycling International.

R&D manager Stena Recycling International for 18 years, now Senior Recycling Advisor, Adjunct professor in Industrial Material Recycling at Chalmers Technical University, 30 years of experience from management positions in the recycling industry and Chair of the Waste & Chemicals Task Force at EuRIC.

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3D Product Circularity: The three dimensions of product circularity, and how to measure them

The ideal circular product is 1) made of recirculated materials, 2) used very intensively during its functional lifetime, and 3) lasts a long time. This presentation will explore the proliferation of product-level circularity indicators, the challenges of achieving three-dimensional product circularity, and methods developed by RISE Sustainable Business to measure two of the three dimensions.

Robert Boyer

Senior Researcher of Sustainable Business at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.

His research focuses on indicators for the circular economy as well as business model innovation for sustainable transportation. Prior to moving to Sweden in 2019, Boyer was a professor of urban planning at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (USA) where his teaching and research examined social strategies for low-carbon living and active transport.

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Procurement criteria for Circular Materials and Products

Public procurement has been identified as an important tool in society´s work with introducing a circular economy. There is currently a lack of information and support about circular procurement both in procurement legislation and the national procurement strategy. The presentation will focus on the need for a life cycle perspective for procuring materials and products in a scientific and legal correct way.

Sven-Olof Ryding
Associate Professor in System Ecology at the University of Uppsala

He has held several positions with regard to scientific work such as Ass. Prof. at the University of Linköping and Head of Research at the Swedish Environmental Research Institute, IVL. He has been leading operational work as Senior Environmental Advisor at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprises and Managing Director for the Swedish Environmental Management Council, the former Swedish expert organization on Sustainable Procurement. Sven-Olof has been engaged and led a number of international activities with regard to sustainable development and procurement within EU, UN and bilateral work around the world.

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Strategic tool for circular transition

Becoming more circular as company is usually not something that one can do alone without involving others. For example, increasing the share of recycled material in a product requires both customer acceptance as well as a supplier who can deliver the recycled material. Each actor in the value chain might have economical, environmental, and/or social reasons to support (or not) the transition, some benefitting more than others. A digital tool has been developed with the purpose of highlighting the positive and less positive aspects for each actor of a certain sustainability transition and creates environment where these aspects can be discussed openly in an attempt to find solution that works for the whole value chain.

Hafdis Jonsdottir
Project manager in the circular economy group at Chalmers Industriteknik

Hafdís has a master’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Chalmers University of Technology.

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Modelling of recycling for improved LCA

The modelling of material recycling can have a decisive impact on results of a life cycle assessments (LCA) of products that are produced from recycled material or recycled after use. The Swedish Life Cycle Center gathered Swedish companies, researchers and authorities in a 1.5 year project to test, assess and discuss available methods. We will present a summary of our results.

Tomas Ekvall
PhD, researcher at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and adjunct professor at Chalmers division for Environmental Systems Analysis

Tomas is an internationally acknowledged and often cited expert on methods for life cycle inventory analysis. He develops methods with a broad systems perspective for environmental and sustainability assessment. He also has 30 years of experience from applications of such methods in, for example, the waste-management and energy sectors for decision-makers in industry and policy-makers.

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Natural capital and value creation

In the NaV (Nature Capital and Value Creation) project, a metric for resource efficiency is tested and implemented. The metric is formed by relating the value creation by a product or service system (PSS) to the impact on the natural capital caused by said PSS in a life cycle perspective. The method is tested in five case studies including the production of chemicals and shoes. As part of the project, default values for natural capital impact as expressed in the EPS enviro-accounting method for a selection of PSS will be implemented in a database and made available.

Christin Liptow

Senior Project Leader/Senior Expert at IVL

Christin works as senior project manager and senior analyst at IVL, with a focus on how to integrate environmental impact cost into procurement processes. Before joining IVL she was a sustainability compliance reviewer at IKEA and an LCA analyst at the German nova Institute.
Christin has a background as a process engineer and finished her PhD at Chalmers University (Göteborg/Sweden) in LCA of emerging bio-based chemicals.


An enhanced vision of Extended Producer Responsibility and the role of all actors

C-SERVEES seeks to boost a resource-efficient circular economy in the electrical and electronic (E&E) sector through the development, testing, validation and transfer of new circular economic business models (CEBM) based on systemic eco-innovative services that include: eco-leasing of EEE, product customization, improved WEEE management, and ICT services to support the other eco-services. ICT tools (relying on QR codes) will be developed as the driver of the proposed eco-innovative services to take full advantage of the potential and synergies of two major revolutions of our time: the circular economy and the Industry 4.0. The project will thus contribute to transform the E&E sector into circular and 4.0, raising new opportunities for end-users (such as their involvement in design or the access to a product as a service) and for social and solidarity economy. The techno-economic, environmental and social viability of the new CEBMs will be validated through demonstrations dealing with four target products belonging to different EEE categories: large household appliances, IT equipment, telecommunications equipment, and consumer equipment. Pascal Leroy will present the findings of an international survey underscoring the CEBM.

Pascal Leroy

Director General of the WEEE Forum since 2007, oversees the general management of the association and has been in the WEEE business for almost twenty years. Formerly he was Government Affairs Manager on WEEE at APPLiA, the European home appliance manufacturing industry.

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Circularity for beginners: serving the unbelievers

Circular value maximization vs Linear cost reduction, the case of mobile devices

Since its commercial start in 2014, Closing the Loop has been a pioneer in circularity for mobile phones. Its efforts to close loops in an industry struggling with a less sustainable image - serving customers that are reluctant to choose sustainability over usability -  resulted in the creation of pragmatic circular services. Closing the Loop's circular offsetting services are now creating customer value and positive impact for consumers, some of the world's largest companies as well as the telecom industry itself.

Joost de Kluijver
CEO and founder, Closing the Loop

Joost started a company that won the Dutch Circular Award in 2018. He works with companies, municipalities, governments and the technology sector in turning circular ambitions into appealing results. His company is known for its work in emerging markets, for its customer centric approach towards circularity and the fact that it got some of the leading telecom brands on board for the path towards a closed loop industry. Joost has been an entrepreneur for 10 years and worked for Accenture and the Global Reporting Initiative in the past.

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How can information about reuse and recycling follow each and every e-product until it is waste?

Kristina Liljestrand

PhD Chalmers Industriteknik

Kristina is working with logistics solutions and business models to create circular systems in Swedish companies.

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Where do we as a local collection system make the most difference?

Fredrik Benson
Business Development

I am a solution-focused analyst with a keen interest in business development and improvement work. At present, my mission is to develop one of the world's best producer responsibility systems for electronics both practically but also as an organization. The sustainability concept is found in several dimensions, ranging from organization, relationships to the environment.

As a person, I want to contribute to passing on a society and environment to our children who are better than what we inherited from previous generations.

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Metals for sustainable future

Low carbon technology requires metals for sustainable future.
Boliden is an integrated company with mines and smelters and one of the world's largest recyclers of precious metals. As the Nordic region's largest recycler of lead batteries and one of the world's largest recyclers of electronic scrap, Boliden is an important part of the circular economy.

Anna Medvedeva
Director Technology and Strategy, Boliden Smelters

Anna Medvedeva explains how Boliden’s smelter work on sustainable metal production all the way from responsible purchasing of raw materials and urban mining to carbon neutral production and maximum recovery of raw material value.

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A review of scrap flows and material information management in the Swedish steel industry

Billions of SEK are estimated to be lost every year in the recycling of steel due to issues like contamination and downcycling. While steel is considered to be an infinitely recyclable material as exhibited by existing, completely functioning systems for its recycling worldwide, there exists opportunities for improvement. This work seeks to deepen the understanding on how material information is recovered, kept, and passed along the key players in the steel industry.  Questions such as, “Does contamination put a limit on the recyclability of steel?” and “How can the varying motivations of players in the industry be aligned to get to a higher level of circularity?” are explored.

Reinol Josef Compañero,
Filipino PhD student at KTH

With a background in Metallurgical Engineering, doing his research in the field recycling, steel in particular. He first worked with anthropogenic waste in the Cu-Au mining industry for his master’s in industrial engineering. It was during his pursuit of a second master’s degree in georesources engineering where he first came across the concept of CE (still mining waste, different system). His current work now moves him along the metal production chain, continuing in the theme of waste, from mine tailings to steel scrap.

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Biohydrometallurgy as a tool for recovery of metals from secondary sources

Europe possesses substantial amounts of secondary sources for metal extraction, like sludges, slags and ashes considered a yet unexploited resource. With the escalating demand of metals, Europe is confronted with the challenge to secure a sustainable metal supply.

With biohydrometallurgy, i.e. making use of microbes to produce or recover metals from primary and secondary sources, there is a potential for recovery of metals in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way.

Erika Lönntoft
Project manager at RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden.

Erika holds a M.Sc in Engineering Biotechnology and is the co-project manager of BIOMIMIC. She has worked at RISE for two years in the group Anaerobic bioprocesses with focusing mainly on biological sulfate reduction and biometallurgy.

Burcak Ebin Day 2

Critical Raw Material Circularity for Solar Cell Technologies and Material Recycling Options

How can we organize a sustainable raw material supply for solar cell technologies? What will happen to the waste created from solar energy? The solar cell industry demands different valuable and critical raw materials depending on photovoltaic (PV) technology, such as indium, copper, gallium, tellurium, and silver. Considering the solar cell market and progress in PV technology, the resource limitation is a significant challenge to achieve the solar energy production target. Specifically, the future supply of silver is the bottleneck of the solar energy industry unless a substitute metal is found, though a small amount of silver is used as a conductive grid on solar cells.

Burçak Ebin
Researcher, Nuclear Chemistry and Industrial Material Recycling, Chalmers University of Technology.

He received PhD degree with thesis on the development of nanostructured cathode particles for Li-ion batteries at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey in 2014. He has been working as a researcher at Nuclear Chemistry and Industrial Materials Recycling Group at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden since 2014. His research fields are recycling of valuable metals from different waste streams such as solar cells, batteries, mining and metallurgical production waste using a combination of high temperature, hydrometallurgical and supercritical fluid technologies.

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Re-manufacturing of cast components through dual casting

A new concept for metal casting by re-manufacturing enabling a new, circular casting value chain is under development. Until now this has never been tried, and the aim of a pre-study performed during the autumn 2019 is to answer two fundamental questions: whether it can be implemented with the use of existing technology or if new technical solutions must be developed; and is this circular economy concept long-term economically and environmentally sustainable for a selection of chosen products. RISE, two foundries and one supplier of plants for pulp and paper industry are taking part in the project.

Johan Dahlström
Senior Project Manager, RISE

Johan lives to transform Swedish business and industry towards sustainability. He has more than 20 years of experiences from automotive industry to retail enterprises and since the last five years Johan is working at the research institute RISE where he together with Swedish enterprises leads technical and business transition projects with focus at circular and sharing economy.


H&M wants to lead the change to a circular and climate positive fashion industry

She has had the opportunity to promote the importance of circularity on the Swedish market together with different stakeholders such as the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket), Mistra Future Fashion (MFF), the Swedish Trade Federation (Svensk handel), Circular Sweden and STICA

Felicia Reuterswärd
Sustainability Manager for H&M Sweden.

Felicia is part of the management team and leads H&M's sustainability work at the local level.
Felicia focuses both on driving internal processes and coordinating with relevant departments to set annual goals for the country, as well as developing & managing local stakeholder relationships.

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Prerequistes for a circular economy for textiles

The circular economy for textiles is currently slowed down by a lack of information. The efficiency of the systems to handle our materials depend on the ability to efficiently sort large volumes of textile, considering markets for re-use as well as recycling, which today's systems are not equipped to deliver. The textile industry has a desire to be more transparent and increase the opportunities for traceability through the value chain. Transparency and access to information is a necessary foundation for a resource-efficient textile management system.

Now is the time to set the agenda for our future textile system. The system that is created must be able to meet the specific needs of various actors in the value chain, as well as end-user coming from other industries.

Lisa Schwarz Bour
Textile Recycling Area Manager at RISE IVF

Lisa is a Swedish Research Institute located in Mölndal. Lisa graduated from Chalmers in 2001, where she received an M.Sc in Chemical Engineering. For many years Lisa worked with concept development and project management of large European projects financed under the framework programmes of the EU. Since 2015 Lisa has been working full-time with different aspects of textile recycling; recycling technologies, applications for recycled material and sorting of textiles for material recycling.

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On the circular textile loop: Challenges and opportunities with large-scale textile sorting

The European Parliament decided in May 2018 on a new directive on waste management including collecting of textiles. It was decided that in January 2025, all member states are obliged to have a separate collection of textiles putting pressure on development of circular textile systems.

There are many challenges in the circular textile loop, and one of them is sorting of post-consumer textiles both for reuse, redesign, and recycling. There is also a need to develop new markets for the material-sorted textiles, as well as to develop both standardization procedures and policies connected to textile sorting.

Maria Ström
Head of operations Wargön Innovation

Maria is leading the work at Wargön Innovation on pilot production or services based on materials with low carbon dioxide footprint. Raw materials can be bio-based or circular secondary raw materials, such as used textiles. She has a M.Sc. and a Licentiate degree in chemical engineering from KTH--Royal Institute of Technology, and has 20 years’ experience of working in the forest industry in various roles including process engineering, marketing, productivity enhancement and strategic procurement. Since 2014 she has been with Wargön Innovation, which is a part of Innovatum Science Park.

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Textile products' environmental impacts

We live on an amazing planet. But science tells us that we are pushing it beyond its natural limits. At the same time, there has seldom been such great potential for innovation that can allow us to avoid serious threats and to change the world for the better.
We asked ourselves if we could change consumer behaviour, our impact as a brand and at the same time reconnect people to nature? This was made by challenging status quo and putting the user experience in focus, rather than the consumptions experience.

Through our Subscription pilot we evaluated how to truly decouple the resource resources with our turnover as a brand, yet offering products and experience beyond expectation.

Jesper Danielsson
Head of Design, Houdini Sportswear

Jesper is leading the work towards 100% circularity at Houdini Sportswear, using nature as a blueprint. Jesper has, together with the whole team at Houdini been working with designing products that not only are designed for circularity, but maybe more importantly, designed for use. In addition, team is now working with taking the design principles that has led Houdini towards 100% circular products and applying them to circular business models.

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SIPTex – the first industrial scale automated textile sorting facility

Today large-scale sorting of textiles for reuse and recovery is still carried out manually. The SIPTex project will help realise the world’s first industrial scale automated textile sorting facility, planned to start operations in Malmö in 2020, with maximum annual capacity of 24 000 tons.

The SIPTex sorting technology is based on visual and near-infrared spectroscopy, enabling detection of both fiber types and colors.

Hanna Ljungkvist Nordin
Sustainable consumption and waste, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

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Sustainable fungal textiles from food waste

Nowadays there is an urgent need for sustainable textiles. Here we present a novel approach for production of new textile materials from the filamentous fungi grown on food waste. Fungal monofilament yarn was successfully spun from the fungal cell wall grown on food waste.

Akram Zamani
Akram Zamani is associate professor (docent) in industrial biotechnology in University of Borås.

She has several years of research experience development of different value added biopolymers and biomaterials from filamentous fungi grown in residues and waste streams.

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How do we design for recyclability?

Re:design and Re:think!

A great focus on transportations and UX has left us with packagings that are poorly designed for true circular economy.
Can we, with better design, maintain all the good qualities of the packaging but reduce its environmental and climate impact? Or do we need to rethink the whole concept?

In this break out session Rustan will guide us and with seemingly simple methods, inspire us to take on the complex challenge we have ahead of us. The challenge requires a holistic perspective, where the entire life cycle of the product must be included. This perspective also includes collaborations within the value chain.

Rustan Nilsson
Environmental Educator at the Swedish waste company Sysav.

He is an experienced moderator and an award winning speaker, who with waste as a starting point explores which behaviors and patterns of thought that either contributes or counteracts the development towards a sustainable society.


Renewable materials and circularity

Daniel Badman will share perspectives and concrete examples on how Stora Enso work with circular solutions. He will explain how we can create even more value by recycling products that have been made of recycled material, such as used paper cups.

Another important topic will be the role of partnerships and co-operation in enabling change and innovation in the circular materials industry.

Daniel Badman
Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability Communications, Stora Enso.

Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper on global markets.

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What requirements is circular economy putting on packaging?

Per Stoltz
Resource and Waste Manager, IKEA Group

Per Stoltz connects retail business knowledge with circular economy. He started working as IKEA's purchasing manager in Italy, then moved to Sweden to work with global strategic purchasing and product development in the IKEA headquarters. He has been engaged in sustainability issues, and for the past three years has led the transition for the world's largest furniture retailer to become a truly circular company.

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Recovery of metals and nutrients from ashes using electrodialytic extraction

Incineration of waste and biomass is an important part of the heat and power supply in many countries. Next to energy, ashes are also an output from the incineration plants, and the ashes are most often disposed of in landfills or used as backfilling in closed mines. However, the ashes contain a variety of important elemental resources, which are lost during this practice. Instead, these elemental resources should be recovered in the support of sustainable consumption and circular economy. This presentation focus on the recovery of nutrients and heavy metals from different ashes by use of an electrodialytic method.

Lisbeth M. Ottosen
Professor, head of section for Materials and Durability, at Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark

Lisbeth M. Ottosen is leading a research team ZeroWaste Byg with focus on upgrading of waste to resources. The two major research lines are use of secondary resources in construction materials (mainly concrete and bricks) and recovery of elemental resources such as phosphorous and heavy metals from particulate materials (ashes, soils, sludges and sediments). She is currently lead on a sector development project “Circular Civil Engineering” for the Technical University of Denmark, where the university and the construction sector jointly maps the technological developments and innovations needed to enable transition towards a circular economy. Lisbeth is MSc in civil engineering and received her PhD within environmental technology. She is author of more than 150 ISI indexed Journal papers.

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Circular phosphorous from sewage sludge by pyrolysis treatment

Phosphorous is an essential elements for the vital chain. However, it is a non-renewable resource and by 2050, the demand for phosphorous will grow up to 70%, overall. The utilization of phosphorous from secondary raw materials such as sewage sludge can solve the shortage of phosphorous resources in the world. However, it is limited by the high level of contained toxic organic compounds and heavy metals. The presentation is focusing on the pyrolysis of sewage sludge to reduce waste volume, decompose organic contaminations, recover energy stored in the sludge, produce valuable byproduct, volatilize heavy metals and enrich phosphorous in the sludge ash residue.

Naeimeh Vali
PhD Student at Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery (SCRR), University of Borås

Naeimeh has an educational background in material science and a short but valuable practical experience in the energy industry. She carried out her Masters study in Energy and Resource Recovery at the University of Borås. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the field of Energy engineering. She has started experimental research combined with thermodynamics computational modeling on the pyrolysis process to enhance Phosphorous recovery from sewage sludge.

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Recycling of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium from Cities to Agriculture

EasyMining Sweden, a company in the Ragn-Sells group, has developed several processes for recovery of phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium from urban wastes. The presentation will include a short description of the processes as well as the work that is ongoing for the establishment of the first full-scale plants for phosphorus recovery from sludge ash, salt recovery from waste incineration fly ash and nitrogen recovery from wastewater.

Yariv Cohen
Since 2007 R&D Manager at EasyMining and also a part-time researcher at SLU University in Sweden.

Yariv is a specialist in chemical separation technologies and has a long experience in phosphorus chemistry. Obtained his Doctoral Degree from SLU University in Sweden with the title “Phosphorus recovery from urban wastes and ashes”. Was awarded the 2008 Science Technology and Environment Scholarship from the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, for research regarding recovery of phosphorus from municipal wastes, ashes and iron ore mine wastes.

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Agro Residue waste to Natural Fibers: True Circular Material

Navin Singhania's primary focus areas are biomass fractionation and natural fibers, along with development of downstream applications from cellulose and lignin, CNC/CNF in the sectors like pulp and paper, biofuel, adhesives, coatings and packaging solutions and composite materials.

Navin Singhania
Founder at Barracuda Technologies Inc.

Navin Singhania is a renowned Agronomist and one of the leading sustainability experts in the world. He has worked extensively on various biomasses around the globe with a special focus on sugarcane and Paddy straw and palm EFB.

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What is BizMet all about?

The SMEs are in a key role in implementing the transfer to circular economy. However, the transformation is not simple because successful product development in the recycling business of today requires not only the input of new technology but also the adoption of new circular business models to cover the novel product value chains that have not existed before. Furthermore, successful and fast implementation of new innovations, novel technology and business models into real life requires active collaboration between scientists and companies. In BizMet – “Competitive sustainable business from metal recycling” -project the emphasis was set on developing such a collaborative education model to help SMEs in metal recycling to tackle some of the challenges set by the circular economy.

Jutta Nuortila-Jokinen
Docent, Associate Professor at LUT University Research Platform RE-SOURCE

Jutta has over 30 years' working experience in academy and in industry, from research on membrane technology in pulp and paper industry to environmental research management and team leadership. Currently her passion lies in circular economy, especially creating concepts for sustainable business through resource-efficient processes and value chains and ecodesign in product design.

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Hindrances and opportunities of Circular Economy from the SME point of view

Between September 2018 and February 2019 BizMet planned and facilitated regional workshops with SMEs and with further interested actors from the metal recycling sector. The aim of the workshops was to get in contact with the SMEs and to offer an exchange platform between all actors. In several group works the participants identified concerns, obstacles and restrains going along with the implementation of a circular economy in their businesses. The results of the regional workshops will be examined and clustered into general topics (of interest in all four countries) and specific regional topics. The presentation will show the experiences on the way to build up regional SME-networks in the metal recycling sector and illustrate the results of the workshops, which show a broad variety of legal, technological, economical and societal challenges.

Dr.Ing. Asja Mrotzek-Blöß
studied waste management and recycling technologies at RWTH Aachen. Following she worked as scientist and project manager at Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT, Oberhausen (main topics: material flow management, recycling) as well as the at the recycling company Tönsmeier Dienstleistung GmbH. Since 2015 she has been working as Coordinator for EU-Research Projects and Strategic Development of the research focus area “Raw Materials Supply and Resource Efficiency” at Clausthal University of Technology and is today research manager for this research focus area.

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BizMet Academy: combining real life problems with academic studies - circular economy teaching and learning

BizMet project created a platform to bring together regional actors in Sweden, Finland, Germany and Poland to accelerate the transformation into circular economy for a sustainable future. It provides an interactive education, networking and knowledge sharing opportunity in the field of metal recycling especially for SMEs, industrial experts, professionals, researchers/scientists, and students.
BizMet project established cooperation between SME and university students in order to reach common understanding of circular economy aspects between future employers and employees. Students reached out to SME to prepare together the proposal on introducing CE concept within the company, which was later evaluated by the experts. The project is good practice of effective implementation of the new approaches towards education through cooperation of scientific institutions.

Ewelina Pędziwiatr
Project manager in Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland.


Can BizMet concept truly assist SMEs on their way to CE?

Martina Petranikova
Assistant Professor, Nuclear Chemistry and Industrial Materials Recycling, Chalmers University of Technology

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The circular transformation starts in our head

The Delegation for Circular Economy is an advisory body to the government. The purpose of the delegation is to strengthen society's transformation to a resource-efficient, circular and bio-based economy, both nationally and regionally. Initially, the Delegation focuses on three areas: design for circularity, plastic and public procurement.

Klas Gustafsson
Member of the Delegation for Circular Economy and Deputy CEO of Tekniska verken

Klas has been working for more than eight years as Deputy CEO of Tekniska verken and has 20 years experience of the energy industry. His work focuses primarily on strategy, business development and public affairs.


Research for the future of recycling

In order to put the recycling efforts where the give the best results it is important to see the whole picture of the recycling itself. In some cases it may not be the researchers which hold the key but the industry and in some other cases the opposite. It is the same with selection of techniques. There is no “one size fits all”. It is all a part of a larger picture.

Christian Ekberg
Prof Ekberg is the leader of the joint group of Nuclear Chemistry and Industrial Materials Recyclingp and founder (2011) and director of the competence centre Sustainable Nuclear Energy Centre (SNEC) since 2013. He is also the founder and first director of the Competence Centre Recycling (CCR).