Speakers Day 2 - March 18 2020

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Nordic Circular Hotspot – The Go To for getting it done in the circular Nordic

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.

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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
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.


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 Nordic rules for end-of-waste.

Christer Forsgren
R&D manager Stena Recycling International.

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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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.

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Obstacles and promoters for use of secondary materials

Millions of tons of solid waste with technical properties suitable for use in building and construction, are still disposed of in landfills or used for low grade recycling. Challenges posed by logistics, business models, discrepancies in policies and regulation, technical standards per se, as well as environmental risks are strongly contributing factors to meegre high-grade recycling rates. For the Swedish innovation platform RE:Source, we designed, developed and conducted a strategic project with focus on potential promoters and obstacles within these factors, for recycling of secondary raw materials in bulding and construction (focus ashes and concrete).

The project resulted in suggestions for strategic steps to be taken to increase efficient use of secondary materials, with the following topics: “Way forward to End-of-Waste”, “Business models for (heavy) secondary raw materials”, “A national strategy for resource efficiency”, and “Utilize technical guidelines and norms”.

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Martijn van Praagh
R&D manager at ÅF Infrastructure, Environment, Malmö, Sweden

He is a part-time lecturer at CEC, Centre for Climate and Environmental Research at Lund University. Martijn’s focus in research, teaching and consulting is environmental impact of solid waste and material management, especially reuse of secondary materials. He has a degree in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and a PhD in Water Resources Engineering from Lund University.

Linus Brander
Senior Scientist and Project leader at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Borås, southwestern Sweden.

His background includes one year as geology lecturer at University of Gothenburg, several years as field (mapping) geologist for the Swedish Geological Survey (SGU), and commission concerning development of XRF-technique in metal exploration. Mr Branders present focus in research and consulting is (chemical, mineralogical, physical and mechanical) material properties of primary and secondary mineral resources, in relation to application as aggregate, dimension stone, concrete, cement and other industrial uses. He has degrees in Chemistry (BSc) and Geology (MSc), and a PhD in Mineralogy & Petrology, all from the University of Gothenburg. From 2019 and onward, he is the Swedish expert in CEN/TC 104 Task Group on recycled aggregates, appointed by the Swedish Mirror committee TK190.

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Switch, Recycle, Reuse, Repair: Stimuli-Responsive Polymers as Building Blocks for the Circular Economy

Smart Reconfigurable Materials could potentially be to the Circular Economy what the steam engine was to the industrial revolution.

With their uncanny ability to reversibly and abruptly phase-change with minimal energy in response to a small environmental trigger, these bistable smart polymers present a disruptive platform to engineer a new generation of phase-switching circular materials that be indefinitely reconfigured for reuse, recycling, repurposing and repair for extended use.

At Bioastra Technologies in Montreal, we have developed and are commercialising a switchable and circular materials platform of bio-sourced polymer composites that result in high-performing materials for its intended end-use. After its intended first use, it can be reconfigured either for reuse in the original application or reconfigured for another application.

Sumitra Rajagopalan
Founder and CEO Bioastra Technologies

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Destruction and refining of deposited asbestos materials into sellable recycled materials

Although the health hazard of asbestos is widely known and the use and production of it has been banned in many countries, it is still happening. It is estimated that about 400 000 tons of asbestos is still present in houses, schools, floors and walls in Sweden, resulting in 12 000 tons of asbestos cement ending up in landfills.

Lars Kraft will present his findings within a study aiming to produce saleable materials from a conversion process of asbestos cement. Topics include the burning process, the analysis of the residue materials and its composition.

Lars Kraft
Researcher and consultant, RISE CBI Concrete Institute

Mauricio Pradena Miquel Day 1

Cement mortars with recycled tire rubber: the effects of different treatments of the interface rubber-hydrated cement

In Chile 134,000 tons of tire rubber waste are produced annually, and only 15% of them are recycled. The accumulation of these waste produces environmental and social problems. Concrete, on the other hand, is one of the most used worldwide materials, and certainly the most used in Chile. Hence, it results very attractive to analyse the possibility of incorporating recycling rubber waste into the concrete, especially considering potential benefits as better isolation, energy absorption, and ductility, between others. However, there are still challenges related with the interface rubber-hydrated cement that can reduce the concrete strength. The objective of the present contribution is to evaluate the effects of different treatments of the interface rubber-hydrated cement over the strength and workability of concrete with recycled tire rubber. The present contribution corresponds to the first phase of a research project under development in Chile. In this first phase, a comprehensive laboratory program at micro and macro level was developed. The results allow to select cost-effective treatments that can improve the interface rubber-hydrated cement resulting in better strength of the composite material.

Mauricio Pradena
Assistant Professor and Head of Concrete Laboratory of the Civil Engineering Department at the Universidad de Concepción, Chile.

Mr. Pradena obtained his doctorate degree from Delft University of Technology at 2017, working in the Engineering Structures Department.
Since then Dr. Pradena is guest researcher at the same department of TU Delft. The research interests of Dr. Pradena includes the incorporation of different waste into the concrete material, self-healing concrete, and bio-based concrete, between other alternatives related with the production of sustainable and circular materials.

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A circular system for recycling of plastic pipes in Sweden

Every year, large amounts of plastic pipes are installed in buildings and infrastructure, in Sweden approximately 100 000 tonnes per year. Of this about 5 % become installation scrap at building sites. Most of this high-quality plastic is unfortunately incinerated instead of being recycled. To contribute to a circular market of scrapped plastic pipes; models to collect, sort and recycle plastic pipes have been developed within the Innovation project REPIPE. The models developed are now being tested in large scale together with 32 partners.

Annika Boss
A researcher at RISE IVF in the field of plastics recycling and sustainable use of plastics.

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The Future Challenges of a sustainable electrification

Pavel Calderon will lead an in-depth session about our future challenges of our sustainable future. How is our transport and power segment developing, what future challenges need to be met? How do we meet the the urgent need for actions against climate change, while keeping a responsible and just battery value chain?

Pavel Calderon
CCO, EVLedger AB

EVLedger is developing a software tool for understanding degradation of battery performance and battery value degradation.

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The Fate of Lithium-ion batteries for Vehicles in the Nordic Countries

This study used statistics and literature data and found that the large volumes of lithium-ion batteries in vehicles will start to reach their end-of-life by 2030 in the Nordic countries, and if second-life will become common, even later. Therefore only very small amounts of recycled metals can currently be used for battery production in Europe and also the recycling techniques need to be improved in order to become resource efficient. The study was financed by the Nordic Waste Group under the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Lisbeth Dahllöf
A senior project leader and researcher at IVL Swedish Environmental Institute.

She has a licentiate degree in Environmental Technology and her area of competence is mainly within LCA, environmental aspects of electromobility and recycling, eco-design in the automotive industry and circular economy.


Boosting the Circular Economy of Li-ion batteries via development of sustainable recycling

Martina Petranik's presentation will give a perspective on the sources expected for battery production in upcoming years, current development in future battery chemistry and effects of this development on the material supply and recycling needs. The presentation will highlight the information on current recycling activities in the academia and industry with respect to their contribution to circular economy. Moreover, Industrial Materials Recycling group research activities and achievements in this field will be presented.

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

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Circular Business Model: Recycling Service within Lithium-ion Battery Manufacturing Industry

The growth of the Lithium-ion Battery (LiB) industry has raised concerns over raw material stocks. As a net importer of raw material for LiB, battery manufacturers in the EU are exposed to materials availability risk. The EU believes that recycling LiB needs to be increased. However, recycling LiB still encounters some issues, such as a low collection of LiB waste, high cost of recycling, logistical issues, and lack of regulations. Battery manufacturers need to establish a robust and efficient system to recover materials from batteries once they reach the end of their life. One way is to incorporate battery recycling services within the battery manufacturing companies. The research aims to investigate how recycling service could be developed within the LiB manufacturer to secure the raw material and reduce the environmental impact.

Banne Matutu
Master's student in Environmental Management and Policy at Lund University.

Interested in circular material, recycling, and green manufacturing strategy. Currently working on a thesis project about circular material within Lithium-ion battery manufacturing company.


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.