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.

Asphalt with added value

Steel slag used to be a residue with little value. But used as aggregate in asphalt, crushed steel slag provides more stable and quieter roads that require less re-laying. NCC Roads has signed a contract with Ovako to purchase the entire steel slag production in Smedjebacken for ten years - an example of industrial symbiosis with environmental benefits.

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Natural protection against water pollutants

Peat from Northern Sweden is a natural filter material which efficiently absorbs oil, heavy metals and other pollutants from water. Axon miljöteknik (Axon Environment Technique) develops peat based filter solutions for applications such as boat washing facilities and fuel filling stations. The used peat can be combusted as a fuel.

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Organic frames in focus

Three billion units every year - that is the volume of the market for glasses. Interest in the environmental aspects of the trade is rising, and the pioneering company EoE Glasses is launching a new eco collection. The frames are both recyclable and biodegradable.

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Environmental rubber for the world market

While rubber is in high demand - not least in the automotive industry - 14 million tonnes of tires are discarded annually. AnVa Polytech is the first company in the world to recycle carbon black from discarded rubber and turn it into new components. Their environmental rubber saves 60 percent of the carbon emissions.

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An Energy-Efficient “Gas Pedal” for Electric Motors

Most of us don’t give a great deal of thought to the functioning of static frequency converters, known as “drives.” But for companies that manufacture electric motors — and for the much larger number of industrial users — these speed controllers are of crucial importance in saving energy and reducing operating costs. And it’s no exaggeration to say that drives are fueling a minor revolution in electric motor technology.

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Sustainable forklift batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are commonly used in consumer products and electric vehicles. The technology – maturing and becoming more competitive in price – is now becoming an option for more demanding applications as well. Alelion Energy Systems is a pioneer within Li-ion technology for forklifts, and the company – currently about to go public – is set to play a...

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Recycling is failure to reuse

Recycling is good – but if something is not broken, reuse is even better. That is the insight on which Off2off was founded. The company provides an intermediation service that connects surplusses to demands; things that would otherwise have been put in some storage and eventually discarded, are made visible and searchable by the cloud-based service set up by...

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Environmentally-friendly filters with bioplastic fibres

Dinair’s GreenFlo filter consists of over 50 percent PLA, which is a bioplastic fibre derived from renewable sources. It has a high filter effect and very low CO2 footprint compared to conventional fossil fibre filters. Well evaluated in operational environments, it has become the company’s most popular product. ”Millions of discarded air filters are burnt every year. Since this...

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New materials reshape the manufacturing industry

Throughout history, materials and advances in material technology have influenced humankind. Every shift, from the stone age to the age of plastic, has brought fundamental change: new possibilities, but sometimes new environmental challenges as well. New demands from industry are pushing the boundaries of applied materials science. The aircraft and car industries, for instance, are requiring that materials be...

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Renewable energy from cleaner seas

There are many secrets hidden beneath the surface of the sea. One of the creatures dwelling there is the ascidian – and Fredrik Norén, PhD and founder of the company Marin Biogas, has more knowledge about it than most people. ”Carl von Linné described the species in 1767. He called it Ascidia intestinalis; the species name, intestinalis, refers to...

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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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