Senior ResearcherContact Agnieszka
Sweden’s goal is to become climate-neutral by 2045. This requires a transformation of the whole society, and challenges must be tackled urgently. The transition from a linear to a circular economy (CE) carries such a transformation potential. However, conflicts exist between chemical regulations such as REACH and CE goals.
The circular transition is encumbered by challenges related to:
The project addresses these gaps with a systematic study on how CE actors can screen for harmful substances and communicate safety of products when existing regulations are lacking. Our team aims to:
By the end of the project we will have achieved: a proof-of-concept prototype of the AI-based chemical screening tool; a CE ecolabel tested empirically with consumers in Sweden and Denmark; a set of risk assessment criteria for circular business models; a chemical risk management tool for CE. In turn, the project increases understanding of chemical hazards among all CE actors and influences the circular transition.
Chemical safety for circular economy
Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (FORMAS)