Release the brakes on the development towards a circular economy


In a new report which Inrego has been involved in and contributed to, Teknikföretagen presents several measures that is required to drive the development of the circular economy forward. The government has an important role in stimulating the development, as a purchaser and as a legislator within the circular economy. To enable circular business models to grow out of the currently small-scale state into established operations.

Despite there being a widespread climate and environmental commitment among many Teknikföretagen members, a prerequisite for increased circularity is that it is profitable. This often goes hand in hand, but there are challenges. A view backed by Henrik Nilsson, chairman of Inrego, whose business concept is to reuse computers and other IT equipment.

“The problem is that society is structured and has been made more efficient as a linear economy. Today, it takes four minutes to make a new computer and an hour to recycle an old one. Circularity is labour-intensive in its initial stages, and as long as tax on labour is high and low on primary resources, the circular Henrik Nilsson economy will struggle to compete,” says Henrik Nilsson.

In total, Teknikföretagen launches 15 proposals for measures that drive the issues forward. The issue is high on the agenda, both in Sweden and in Europe.

- Another crucial factor is the removal of the environmental taxes that hinders the development towards a circular economy, such as the Swedish chemical tax. The Swedish Chemical Agency has already clarified that the tax does not have the intended environmental effect even for newly manufactured products, as well as greatly depressing the price picture for used electronics, Elinor Kruse from Teknikföretagen continues. 

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