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Resource flows

Circular economy is the principle that products and their ingredients are part of continuous circuits. For many years, our economy has been linear: we extract raw materials, produce products, consume - and throw out. Thus, an incredible number of resources are lost.

Circular economy is based on the concept of secondhand and recycling, so that the products are used several times or the materials are used in new products - again and again. Harmful ingredients have been eliminated and all production is based on renewable energy.

At the Department of Environmental Science, we investigate the environmental sustainability of society's activities. Our studies are carried out in collaboration across sectors and on different scales and in collaboration with the business community, authorities and civil society. For example, we are looking for answers to:

  • How we by preventing continuous flows of resources and emissions of greenhouse gasses can avoid breaking environment and nature
  • What analyzes and methods can help us promote economic activity that restores and preserves ecosystems and human health
  • Which analyzes are suitable for quantifying risks and assessing environmental impacts
  • Is a circular economy, rooted in circular resource flows, infrastructure and technological solutions, the way to achieving world goals; including the solution to global challenges such as climate change, declining natural resources and environmental degradation we face in then.