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Cradle to cradle analysis for the Municipality of Ronneby

Photo: The Municipality of Ronneby

​Ronneby is the first Swedish municipality to adopt the cradle-to-cradle principle. COWI has been tasked with analysing the cradle-to-cradle potential in the region, which is done by interviewing local and regional companies.

Cradle-to-cradle is a design concept and a philosophy on development where sustainability is the absolute minimum. Cradle-to-cradle can be applied to everything from materials and products to processes, buildings and towns. Basically, the philosophy builds on the belief that people should mimic nature's own processes when producing, building and planning.

During several years has gained experience with cradle-to-cradle projects. But Ronneby is the first of its kind in Sweden. Recently COWI also won a great project in Laksevåg, Bergen Norway building three islands from scratch.

The Municipality of Ronneby has chosen cradle-to-cradle as a means of strengthening its competitive ability. The goal is to identify the cradle-to-cradle potential of every single company – in other words, to identify how companies can adopt and benefit from cradle-to-cradle. One project milestone is to identify groups of companies that potentially could cooperate, e.g., on material supply or utilisation of resources. The project is carried out in cooperation with the international research and consulting company EPEA (Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency).

"Cradle-to-cradle is really popular right now. However, Sweden has not seen a lot of practical application of the concept. The efforts currently being made by the Municipality of Ronneby are the first of their kind, and it's truly exciting to get to work with Ronneby," says Monika Walfisz, Head of Section in COWI Sweden's department of Environment, Risk & Safety.

LAST UPDATED: 16.09.2016