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.

A prestigious environmental award for Energy Opticon

Planning the energy production in district heating networks is a challenging task. Weather, consumption forecasting and market fluctuations - there are many variables to consider. Energy Opticon from Lund, Sweden, has developed a prize-winning software solution that automatically optimizes the management of the facilities.

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Sealing stops methane gas from leaking

Methane leaking from natural gas pipelines is a huge problem. NextSeal's sealing technology can reduce leakage by 95 percent, thanks to a revolutionary approach of counterbalancing the pressure.

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Oil out of waste

Cassandra Oil's thermal reactors extract oil from waste containing hydrocarbons. Tires, plastic and oil-polluted water can be used as feedstock, with little need for sorting. This saves natural resources and contributes to the circular economy.

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Biocomposites provide an environmental advantage

Lightweight constructions save fuel and emissions. Trifilon develops sustainable and environment-friendly lightweight biocomposites with a reinforcement of natural fibers. The materials can be used for both compression molding and injection molding. ”We have a holistic view on sustainable development. For our composites, we want to consider the entire chain from raw materials to recycling. Thus we are using vegetable...

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The sun is cooling Väla Centre

The largest solar installment in Sweden is on the roof of the Väla Centre shopping center. The solar cells generate all the energy needed to provide cooling for the 180 shops - and 450 tonnes of emissions are saved annually.

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Nudging to improve waste separation at source

Glimt develops trash recycling storage solutions which nudge the user to adopt a sustainable lifestyle. Functional (and stylish) containers is the first step towards an efficient waste separation at source.

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Thermal cameras save energy, reduce environmental impact

Thermographic cameras form images using infrared radiation, and display images where the colors correspond to differences in temperature. The technology has many applications, e.g. to identify heat loss in a buiding, monitor the function of solar and wind power plants, and detect gas leakage. FLIR, a major exporter, traces its roots to Swedish AGA.

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

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