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The resources of our planet must be used more effectively. RE:Source supports the development of innovations that can contribute to a smarter use of resources in both society and industry. The goal is for Sweden to become world leader in minimizing and utilizing waste.

RE:Source is Sweden's largest research and innovation initiative in the resource and waste area. The program aims at developing knowledge and solutions that help to meet three global societal challenges:

1) a resource-efficient society,

2) a sustainable material supply

3) a sustainable energy system.

The program's vision for 2030 is that Sweden is the world leader in minimizing and utilizing waste. To achieve that goal, new technical methods, business models and processes are needed. RE:Source has started over 140 different projects in widely different areas, such as plastic, food, textiles, metal, building materials and electronics. RE:Source also investigates how policies and instruments affect the transition to a more sustainable resource use. The program's first three year phase lasts until 31 December 2018 and from 2019 a second phase is planned. RE:Source is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, Vinnova (Swedens Innovation Agency) and Formas (Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development), which have a joint venture in strategic innovation areas. The program is co-financed from the innovation area with at least as much as the funding from the authorities.


Project name




RISE role in project


Project start


2016-2018 (phase 1), phase 2 is planned from 2019

Total budget

154,5 MSEK (phase 1)


Energimyndigheten, Vinnova, Formas

The UN sustainable development goals

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
11. Sustainable cities and communities
12. Responsible consumption and production
13. Climate action

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Evalena Blomqvist

Contact person

Evalena Blomqvist

Senior Forskare

+46 10 516 55 20

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