Environmental Technology and Management
WE TURN ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS INTO OPPORTUNITIES
The Division for Environmental Technology and Management is an interdisciplinary research group with thirty years experience of turning environmental problems into opportunities. Our main focus is the transformation of organisations, technical systems and products and services towards a resource efficient society. Today the division is a research and education environment with international reputation and with 25 employees and 900 students.
We continue to extract metals from the earth’s crust, with the associated risks to people and the environment, although only half of some of the metals we have already extracted are actually used. So, where are these unused metals? In many cases the world of the Urks.
REES, the four-year research programme, is off to a flying start with seven projects. The objective is to facilitate Swedish industry’s transition to a circular economy, in order to thus also increase its competitiveness. Mattias Lindahl is coordinating the programme.
Two separate articles in the Journal of Cleaner Productionhighlight Linköping University (LiU) as one of the leading universities in research in functional sales – an important element in the attempt to achieve a circular economy.
There are many good reasons for excavating Sweden’s landfills in search of valuable metals. But it is not happening. In his licentiate degree thesis, Nils Johansson sought an explanation as to why we prefer searching in space to mining our own rubbish tips.
Alyssa Blumenthal came to LiU in September 2015 on a Fulbright scholarship. Now she is full of enthusiasm about the Biogas Research Center (BRC), Linköping University, Sweden and energy-related issues. However she is leaving academia for a job at an energy company in her hometown, New York City.
Tomohiko Sakao has been elected as Associate Member of The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). CIRP is the most influencial academic society in production engineering and is highly active in areas such as design, lifecycle engineering, and product service system.
Interreg Europe has accepted the project Supporting eco-innovations towards international markets (SUPER). The project aims to improve SME uptake of environmentally sustainable innovations into their business. Lead partner is the County Administrative board of Östergötland and reserachers from Envtech are Olof Hjelm and Wisdom Kanda.
Ericsson AB and the Department of Management and Engineering (IEI) of Linköping university have officially signed on research and development cooperation agreement. Both parties aim to cooperate regarding management and engineering of Product/Service System (PSS). Tomohiko Sakao is the contact person from the IEI side.
Friday 11 December Björn Wallsten guides us in the Urk World when he defends his thesis on hibernating infrastructure and the quest for urban mining.
Don Huisingh was recently celebrated by among others Environmental Technology and Management as he now will leave the position as editor in chief of Journal of Cleaner Production.
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We continue to extract metals from the earth’s crust, with the associated risks to people and the environment, although only half of some of the metals we have already extracted are actually used. So, where are these unused metals? In many cases the world of the Urks. Björn Wallsten's research is presented in Science Daily February 16, 2016.
In industrial cities, thousands of cables and pipes are left abandoned under our feet. It's a valuable source of metal that could be given a second chance. 24/9 2013
Last updated: 2014-03-18