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Many companies have adopted a proactive approach to the environment, with the aim of utilizing natural resources more efficiently and reducing the environmental impact of production processes, transportation and products. From green chemistry to nanotechnology, any number of fields present opportunities for dramatic environmental improvements.

All carrier bags are not created equal

Plastic waste is one of the great environmental concerns in a global perspective. In Sweden, plastic carrier bags are thin and strong, and often find reuse before being recycled. More and more products are made from recycled material and bioplastics.

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Energy efficient paper industry

The forest industry is efficient at transforming forest biomass to paper - but the manufacturing consumes a lot of electricity. A joint research project between business and academy aims to optimize processes and cut energy consumtion in half.

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Environment-friendly wind turbine maintenance

Wind turbine maintenance includes regular oil changes 100 meters above ground, a cumbersome process causing two days of downtime. The company Energiservice has developed an oil change vehicle that can service two turbines in a single day.

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Clean, green laundry with ultra pure water

SWATAB's filter solution makes the water ultra pure before it is pumped into the laundry machine. Thanks to the water's properties, the laundry becomes clean without detergent and at lower temperatures. A ten percent market share would save 21 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

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Cost-efficient biomass gasification

Cortus Energy has developed a fully integrated process for biomass gasification. Various feedstocks can be used, and the technology can replace fossil fuels in many applications. A new facility will provide Höganäs with energy for their metal powder production.

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Efficient solar electricity from submarine engines

Ripasso Energy derives its technology from submarine engines developed by Kockums. Ripasso's systems generate electricity from concentrated solar power with world-record efficiency. The engines are hybrids, allowing various fuels to be used when the sun is not shining. And commercialization is underway.

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Wood ash-recycling completes the nutrient cycle

Forest biofuel removes nutrients. To complete the natural cycle, nutrients that remain in the ash from the burnt biomass should be returned to the forest. Askungen Vital AB serves as the link between energy producers and forestry, managing the entire chain from ash output until the carefully analyzed ashes are spread.

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Lead-cooled minireactors recycle fuel

LeadCold is a research company that develops the fuel-efficient and secure nuclear power solutions of the future. Thanks to new investments and a revolutionary aluminum-alloyed steel, the company is now taking steps to construct a lead-cooled demonstration reactor in the Canadian Arctic.

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Ethical and sustainable asset management

The asset managing firm Proethos makes investments in companies that contribute to better environment, act ethically and take social responsibility. The firm's conviction is that sustainable products and services is what will bring the best rate of return in the future.

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The Swedish project Advantage Environment provides information about existing and future products designed to reduce environmental impacts.

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Cleantech Scandinavia
Cleantech Scandinavia is a membership network of investors and affiliated cleantech professionals.

Swedfund
offers risk capital, expertise and establishment support for investment in new growth markets in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe (non-EU).

Swedish Cleantech
is a website based on cooperation between government and industry and stakeholder associations, as well as regional environmental technology actors.

The Swedish trade and invest Council
Export of sustainable urban development, energy and environmental technology