CIRCit: Circular Economy Integration in the Nordic Industry for enhanced sustainability and competitiveness

  • McAloone, Tim C. (PI)
  • Pigosso, Daniela C. A. (Project Manager)
  • Blomsma, Fenna (Project Participant)
  • Pieroni, Marina (PhD Student)
  • Kravchenko, Mariia (PhD Student)
  • Frederiksen, Trine Brink (Project Participant)
  • Jönbrink, Anna-Karin (Project Participant)
  • Hildenbrand, Jutta (Project Participant)
  • Dahlström, Johan (Project Participant)
  • Shahbazi, Sasha (Project Participant)
  • Li, Jingyue (Project Participant)
  • Kristoffersen, Eivind (PhD Student)
  • Li, Zhe (Project Participant)
  • Wiik, Carina (Project Participant)
  • Nielsen, Karsten Due (Project Participant)

    Project Details


    Circular economy (CE) is a promising approach towards maximising value by increasing resource productivity, enhancing energy efficiency, lowering resource consumption and decreasing waste.

    By transitioning to CE, Nordic industry as a whole can pave the way for modern sustainability thinking and establish itself as benchmark in the field, whilst also enhancing its position in the highly competitive international market.

    The CIRCit research project will develop science‐based tools and approaches, in close collaboration with companies, with the aim of enabling Nordic industry to:
    1. Understand the overall potential for CE implementation.
    2. Investigate and conceptualise circular business models.
    3. Develop circular products, services and solutions, based on multiple life cycles and energy efficiency.
    4. Support the operation of circular products, services and solutions by introducing intelligent assets.
    5. Close the loop of materials through remanufacturing, recycling and reuse.

    The tools and approaches developed in CIRCit will be broadly disseminated within the Nordic industry to maximise impact and uptake. CIRCit will contribute to increased efficiency of production and a more effective use of natural resources and energy, leading to increased competitiveness, growth and job creation.

    CIRCit is supported and financed by the Nordic Green Growth Initiative, a collaboration between NordForsk, Nordic Innovation and Nordic Energy Research.
    Short titleCIRCit
    Effective start/end date01/02/201731/12/2020

    Collaborative partners

    • Technical University of Denmark (lead)
    • RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (Project partner)
    • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Project partner)
    • Teknologiateollisuus (Project partner)
    • Innovation Center Iceland (Project partner)

    UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


    • Circular economy
    • Sustainability
    • Product development
    • Business models
    • Product/Service-Systems (PSS)
    • Life Cycle Assessment
    • value chain


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