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SDG impacts of selected circular economy strategies in Norway


Despite the topic of a circular economy (CE) being high on the agenda of Nordic and European policy makers, the number of studies considering the transition to a more circular economy as a systemic shift of the entire economy is still low. Here, we use a newly developed dynamic input-output model can be used to assess different circular strategies in Norwegian value chains. We cover both producer and consumer side actions, and show how these affect the three pillars economic,
social and environmental of sustainable development. We selected five value chains for analysis: electronics, textiles, metal production, plastic packaging and building materials. We find that employment within Norway can be significantly increased, but this comes at the expense of employment opportunities in other countries. Emissions can be significantly reduced globally via circular economic principles. Our research shows that circular economy actions affect the SDGs
beyond individual countries borders. Actions should be coordinated internationally to ensure a just transition for everyone.


Academic lecture




  • SINTEF Industry / Sustainable Energy Technology
  • SINTEF Ocean / Climate and Environment

Presented at

9th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development




20.09.2021 - 21.09.2021


International Conference on Sustainable Development / Sustainable Development Solution Network / The Global Master’s in Development Practice



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