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Johan Frishammar och Vinit Parida
The project involves professors Johan Frishammar and Vinit Parida. Photo: Tomas Bergman and Johan Baggström. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Luleå University of Technology in national initiative for circular economy

Published: 9 December 2021

CIRCLA is a national, cross-industry network consisting of over 50 actors from universities, business and the public sector who work to increase transparency in how products are manufactured and reused. One of the participants in the network is the research subject Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Luleå University of Technology.

To reduce our climate impact, we must increase the lifespan of our products by moving from a linear economy to a circular economy. A prerequisite for increasing reuse and recycling is that the so-called traceability of the product's life cycle is improved. By increasing transparency in how the product is manufactured and reused, it will be easier for consumers and companies to make sustainable choices.

CIRCLA aims to develop methods for traceability and information sharing between different actors in the production and consumption chain.

CIRCLA will act as a platform to drive circular development where innovation can contribute to national and international competitiveness. Among other things, we will create and implement digital twins to improve flows in circular value networks, says Johan Frishammar.

Researchers from entrepreneurship and innovation at Luleå University of Technology have extensive experience of working for the transition to a circular economy in close collaboration with industry. Professors Johan Frishammar and Vinit Parida, and possibly additional employees, are participating in the project.

CIRCLA is a national investment with a total budget of SEK 37 million led by RISE. The project will run for three years.