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The circular economy is becoming more significant in various industries

Circular economy

The circular economy is becoming more significant in various industries, and the society of the future must be built on sustainable use and recycling of raw materials. Sweco supports operators in the green transition and enhancing their operations in a climate-responsible manner.

Resource efficiency

In the circular economy, side and waste streams can be refined into raw materials and turned into sustainable new business. By reusing materials, we can reduce the utilisation of virgin natural resources and foster biodiversity.

Investments into circular economy

We support our clients from concept development and preliminary surveys onwards. In the adaptation of new technologies and business models, conducting a comprehensive assessment of the project’s feasibility is key. We offer our insight in support of project development.


Circular economy value chains

The circular economy helps improve the sustainable circulation of materials in society. Circular economy value chains form between different operators, and multisectoral cooperation is essential in developing this network. We are well-versed in a wide range of industries and their special characteristics. We are also used to identifying synergy benefits between operators.


Circular economy areas and industrial symbioses

The circular economy creates new business opportunities in different industries. We actively promote the regional circular economy and participate in the development of circular economy areas and bioparks. In addition to identifying industrial symbioses, it is essential to take into account the influential relations between different operators, as well as any business risks.


Sweco’s services for the circular economy

Sweco’s services for the circular economy cover the project’s entire lifecycle, including different planning phases. We customize our services on a case-by-case basis to meet the client’s needs. We also make use of our experience in the implementation phases of industrial projects to support the early development efforts of various projects.

Sweco’s services cover circular economy projects from the design phase to the demolition of the building. We tailor our services on a case-by-case basis to meet each customer need.

Sweco’s extensive circular economy expertise and specialized sustainability teams respond to all circular economy challenges.

The circular economy is also promoted in demolition projects, the reuse of building elements and their utilisation as materials. We also carry out climate risk assessments and environmental certificates, for example. BREEAM, LEED, WELL, RTS and Nordic Swan Ecolabel (Joutsen).

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Circular economy consulting in construction

The circular economy is an effective way to reduce the carbon footprint and save natural resources. Our circular economy experts will compile a circular economy plan tailored for your project – whether it is a demolition, repair or new project.

Circular economy as part of business – training

The purpose of the service package is to create good conditions for understanding the opportunities offered by the circular economy for the development of the company’s business and  to make visible the added value brought by circular economy solutions by concretizing the company’s cash flows and identifying potential bottlenecks. At the same time, the students will familiarize themselves with the concrete requirements set for the company’s operations by the Building Act and the EU taxonomy, which will enter into force in 2025.

Should you understand how to achieve an emission-free construction site or whether your project sets requirements for the circular economy? The training covers environmental issues that are important for construction sites, such as the promotion of fossil-free construction sites and the significance of the circular economy of construction waste.

Solutions supporting the circular economy of construction

  • Circular economy study at repair and demolition sites. As a result of the study, it is identified which parts of the property can be utilized as such, which parts can be renovated and which parts need to be completely replaced or removed from circulation.
  • Demonstration of the suitability of reusable constituents. The purpose is to demonstrate through field and laboratory studies the safety, healthiness and conformity of reusable construction products in accordance with the requirements of the new intended use.
  • Circular economy study of farm changes.The circular economy  study can be used to ensure that space changes are carried out in a way that promotes the circular economy as well as possible, cost-effectively and responsibly.
  • Taking circular economy solutions into account in planning. The new Building Act and the EU taxonomy require buildings to be resource-efficient, adaptable and demolishable. Our experts help take into account the requirements of the circular economy in planning and verify the fulfilment of the requirements in the project

Ossi Kujala

Climate Risk Assessments

Joonas Ryynänen

Carbon footprint

Elina Virolainen

Carbon footprint

Karoliina Lietonen

EU taxonomy

Tuomas Suur-Uski


Leena Pirhonen

Circular Economy, Industry

Tomas Norrena

Circular Economy, Industry

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