Engineering

Recycling and circular economy

Recycling and circular economy


Currently, the industry remains dependent on the throughput of new materials extracted, traded, and processed into goods and finally disposed of as waste or emissions. Only 12 percent of materials come from recycling. Our research targets the transition
to a climate-neutral and circular economy. This is an opportunity to expand sustainable and job-intensive economic activities while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the pressure on our environment. 

Research areas:

  • Recycling plastics, building materials, and components.
  • Sustainable utilisation of residues and waste products.
  • New sustainable and circular production solutions, such as take-back and life cycle data.
  • Biotenside recovery processes and systems to replace synthetic surfactants in feed, food, personal care, and cleaning products.
  • New methods for utilising waste and residual products.
  • Recycling and requalification of end-of-life product potentials.
  • Sustainable materials designed for recycling.