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Expectations and implications of circularity in society

The circular economy (C E) has been suggested by many societal actors to lead to more sustainable resource use and lower environmental impacts. As such, many stakeholders have begun to develop roadmaps, targets and goals, often with positive expectations.

However, these claims are often unfounded, lacking a holistic approach to the implications that the CE may have.

The overall aim of this project is to identify and analyze the environmental sustainability implications of new modes of production and consumption brought about by changes in the transition to a circular economy.

The study will focus on the construction and food sectors, as they have large environmental impacts, have received extensive media focus, and have vastly divergent supply and value chains.

The results from this project will be novel and highly relevant to both academia and industry, bridging practical and theoretical knowledge of the implications of circular initiatives.

Project facts

  • Project name: Expectations and Implications of Circularity in Society
  • Budget: 4 MSEK
  • Funded by: Formas
  • Partners: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SYKE - Finnish Environment Institute
  • Period: 2022 - 2026

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Last updated: 2023-01-27

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