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CIRcularity metrics in business KPIs – pilot studies

For the transition to circular business models to succeed, there is a need to set new benchmarks, new performance indicators and adjust strategies to monitor progress. Finding CE indicators that are clear, easy to apply and communicate is an important challenge for businesses. In this project we investigate how this challenge can be overcome in two pilot cases. The partners run a comprehensive evaluation of circularity and test streamlined CE indicators, which can be applied beyond pilot cases.

The project aims to develop and test a robust set of circularity indicators applicable to a wide array of circular business models and products. We help firms build circular offers, monitor their progress and integrate circular economy (CE) indicators into existing KPIs. We test CE indicators in realistic pilot cases and facilitate communication and showcasing of circular products and offers.

The project builds on previous, successful projects on circularity indicators conducted by RISE, which has already tested a product-level circularity indicator with 18 firms and compared it with Life-Cycle Assessment indicators for products, demonstrating a positive correlation (r≈0.87) between circularity and environmental performance. However, there is a need for tested tools that measure more aspects of circular flows, often already at the design stage, streamlined and integrated for ease of use. The project addresses such a gap.

RISE and IVL will work closely with two Swedish firms pioneering in circularity monitoring: Humlegården Fastigheter AB, a real-estate company from Stockholm which will test and apply a comprehensive set of CE indicators to design, renovation and maintenance of a circular office space; and Kinnarps AB, an office furniture and workplace design company which will apply CE indicators to a pilot product line and test integration of CE indicators into Kinnarp’s environmental performance indicators. The project has the potential of driving Swedish companies to become the real and verifiable leaders in a global transition to a circular economy. Our aim is to create a ripple effect for Swedish industry by showcasing best practices in circularity monitoring.


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Region Stockholm, Västra Götaland Region

RISE role in project


Project start


2 years

Total budget

1 310 000 SEK


IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet, Kinnarps AB, Humlegården Fastigheter AB




Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
12. Responsible consumption and production
Agnieszka Hunka

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