September 21, 2021

How circular is Sweden? RISE and Circle Economy analyse Sweden's state of circularity to drive the country's circular transition

Today, we are thrilled to announce that Circle Economy has joined forces with the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) to measure the circularity of the Swedish economy. The analysis, funded by the strategic innovation programme RE:Source, will deliver tailored recommendations for a circular economy in Sweden and inspire stakeholders from businesses, governments, academia and civil society to steer the country's transition.  


Sweden, like many countries around the world, recognises the circular economy as a means to meet emissions targets, improve living conditions and make the economy more competitive. But while the why of the circular economy is clear, the how remains a big challenge. Through the Circularity Gap Report analysis for countries—Circle Economy's method for analysing material flows in national economies—RISE and Circle Economy will shed light on Sweden's resource reality: what kind of materials already flow in the economy? Where do the biggest waste streams come from? Are certain streams already cycled back into the system? Understanding how circular Sweden is today will provide valuable insights into opportunities for the future. 


‘Thanks to this analysis, we will understand how circular Sweden is, where Sweden is excelling and where Sweden needs to improve. Based on that, we can identify circular actions that are likely to have the biggest positive impact. This will help us drive the circular economy transition in the Nordics and the world.’  - Vojtech Vosecky, Circle Economy Associate


‘It will be interesting to identify what measures should be prioritised for Sweden to become more circular and to what extent these measures are addressed in various national strategic documents such as the national action plan for a circular economy.’ - Carl Jensen, Project Manager at RISE

‘Our mission is to improve resource efficiency in society, but to measure improvement over time we need first of all a baseline measurement. That is why we decided to fund this important initiative.’ - Klas Cullbrand, Innovation Manager at RE:Source.


Thanks to the support from RE:Source, outcomes of the analysis and key recommendations will be launched in the form of a Circularity Gap Report for Sweden in the first quarter of 2022. 


By conducting a Circularity Gap analysis, Sweden will join the ranks of Austria (9.7% circular), the Netherlands (24.5% circular), Norway (2.4% circular) and Quebec (3.5% circular). Read more about Circle Economy's Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative here.


For more details about the Swedish project or our activities in the Nordics, feel free to get in touch with Vojtech at www.circle-economy.com/contact


About RISE

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden is Sweden’s research institute and innovation partner. Through international collaboration with industry, academia and the public sector, we ensure business competitiveness and contribute to a sustainable society.


About RE:Source

RE:Source has been appointed by the Swedish Energy Agency, Vinnova and Formas as a Strategic Innovation Program, supporting research and innovation leading to sustainable use of materials. www.resource-sip.se

About Circle Economy

Circle Economy is an impact organisation, founded to create prosperity for all within the limits of our planet. We combine data, tools and digital knowledge for the greater good. With nature as our mentor, we support businesses, cities & nations to accelerate circularity with practical roadmaps for change. We are an international team of passionate experts working globally, based in Amsterdam.


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