What circular economy measures fit what kind of product?
Book chapter, 2020

This chapter provides guidelines onmeasuresfor resource efficiency (RE) for products with different characteristics. The guidelines target product chain actors, producers and their designers, users and post use actors and are useful also to policy makers and business models developers.They are based on a life-cycle based typology for RE measures, distinguishing what measures may be undertaken in different life cycle phases, extraction and production, use and post use. Product characteristics is argued to be an appropriate basis for identification of RE strategies. For the use phase, it matters whether products are durable or consumable. Durable products are further divided into those using energy and/or auxiliary material during use and those that do not. Characteristics of importance for consumable products are whether they are disposable orused in a dissipative manner. Post use measures depend primarily on material properties while measures in the production phase are largely independent of product characteristics.

resource efficiency

design

product life cycle

measures

product characteristics

guidelines

Author

Anne-Marie Tillman

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Siri Willskytt

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Daniel Böckin

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Hampus André

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Maria Ljunggren Söderman

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Draft chapter in Handbook on the Circular Economy, M Brandão, D Lazaveric, G Finnveden (eds) forthcoming 2020, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd

Mistra REES – Resource-Efficient and Effective Solutions

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra), 2016-01-01 -- 2019-12-31.

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Environmental Engineering

Environmental Management

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance

Production

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9/11/2019