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Circular material flows

Chalmers will, based on its own and others’ research, demonstrate and implement circular resource management. We will reduce our carbon footprint from purchasing, management and disposal of materials by reusing and recycling materials.

Objectives: We will reduce emissions from purchasing, management and disposal of materials by at least 25 per cent in carbon dioxide equivalents between 2019 and 2023.

Prudent management and a focus on reuse and recycling can be seen in the whole of society and are supported in the plans of both the property owners and waste contractors. If we work proactively, we can avoid remaining in structures that might become both financially and environmentally expensive in the long term. Operational activities connected to circular material flows are expected to result in a financial saving at the same time as there might be increased awareness among our employees as regards prudent resource management and re-use of materials and equipment both in work situations and at home.

Chalmers will facilitate behaviour that promotes circular resource management 

Based on our own research, Chalmers will demonstrate and implement circular resource management. We will reduce our own carbon footprint from purchasing, management and disposal of materials by re-using and recycling materials. We challenge ingrained habits and regard all materials as a resource.

Examples from the action plan: Further development of the existing campus sharing service so that it includes furniture and IT products within the whole organisation. Education and communication that stimulates circular management in practice.

Operations will be optimised to circulate materials 

A carbon budget is to be introduced for all our purchases and the life cycle perspective is to govern operations so as to keep our climate footprint to a minimum. Waste management will be optimised to circulate materials. In operations, repair and re-use are to be prioritised above new purchases. 

Examples from the action plan: Implementation of the waste strategy so that the guidelines relating to circular resource management are applied in operations. Tracking of purchasing patterns, management and waste patterns relating to the products that have the greatest climate impact and identifying product groups suitable for circular management. Compiling and introducing clear climate requirements in procurement tenders in collaboration with other universities to include reporting requirements of life cycle perspectives for suppliers. Improved premises planning to increase the use of existing materials in rebuilds.

Published: Tue 01 Sep 2020.