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Improvement of aggregate cycles in Stockholm and the Baltic Region: Activities and results of the BRA initiative
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Ecology (moved 20130630).
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Ecology (moved 20130630).
2012 (English)In: WASCON 2012 Conference proceedings / [ed] M. Arm, C. Vandecasteele, J. Heynen, P. Suer and B. Lind, 2012, 1-9 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

From 2009 until 2011 project BRA (Bygg-och Rivningsavfall i Stockholms Län) “Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste in Stockholm County” was coordinated from the division of Industrial Ecology, KTH. This project was focused on actively improving (from plural perspectives) the cycles of C&D (specifically non-metallic inert) materials in the region. In response to the normative aim and inter-systems complexity, a highly participative action research procedure was adopted. Through processes of network communication, workshops, a course, and an international symposium - a number of issues (such as market development, recycled product quality, greenhouse gas impacts, collaborative planning, and statistics) were prioritized, researched, and acted upon. Indicators for measuring progress in selected areas were developed and preliminary action plans created. At a final co-organized symposium Swedish delegates laid the groundwork for the establishment of a Swedish C&D recycling b ranch organization. This initiative of continued collaboration between and within sectors is seen as a vehicle for the priorities and action requirements identified in BRA to be further enabled and held in focus. Furthermore, these actors taking ownership of the process is seen as a success in accordance to the original aims and the need for further cycles of evaluation, planning, and action.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. 1-9 p.
Keyword [en]
by-product, recycling, synergy, industrial ecology, facilitation
National Category
Construction Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-122402OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-122402DiVA: diva2:622149
Conference
WASCON 2012 – towards effective, durable and sustainable production and use of alternative materials in construction. 8th International conference on sustainable management of waste and recycled materials in construction
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QC 20130522

Available from: 2013-05-20 Created: 2013-05-20 Last updated: 2016-11-24Bibliographically approved
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1. Industrial Ecology Methods within Engagement Processes for Industrial Resource Management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Industrial Ecology Methods within Engagement Processes for Industrial Resource Management
2013 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The global use of resources such as materials, energy, and water has surpassed sustainable levels by many accounts.  The research presented here was explicitly normative in its aim to improve the understanding of, and make sustainable change toward highly systemic issues of resource management.  The core methods chosen to work toward this aim were bottom up action research procedures (including stakeholder engagement processes) and industrial ecology analysis tools.  These methods were employed and tested in pragmatic combination through two of the author’s case study projects. The first case study, performed between 2009 and 2012, employed a multi-stakeholder process aimed at improving the cycling of construction and demolition waste in the Stockholm region.  The second case study produced a strategic tool (Looplocal) built for facilitating more efficient regional industrial resource networks. While the highly participative aim of the cases required a larger contribution of resources than that of more closed studies, it is arguable that the efficacy of approaching the project aims is improved through their employment. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2013. xv, 52 p.
Series
Trita-IM, ISSN 1402-7615 ; 2013:10
Keyword
Resource Management, Recycling, Stakeholder Participation, Industrial Symbiosis, Construction and Demolition
National Category
Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology Construction Management Information Systems Transport Systems and Logistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-122403 (URN)978-91-7501-796-9 (ISBN)
Presentation
2013-06-11, E3, Osquarsbacke 14, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20130522

Available from: 2013-05-22 Created: 2013-05-20 Last updated: 2013-05-22Bibliographically approved

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