Mistra Board has decided to invest more than 42 million over four years in research REES (Resource-Efficient and Effective Solutions based on circular economy thinking) with Linköping University as the main applicant and off2off participates as one of the leading companies in the area.
– Glad to our knowledge is valued and we see that off2off can this program help even more impact in the community in the way of a circular economy, says Fredrik Östlin, off2offs president.
The purpose of this initiative is that with knowledge and innovative ideas contribute to the development of a circular economy, ie a society based on closed material flows.
Mistra announced in September 2014 a program for Product Design and resource efficiency towards a circular economy. When the application period expired had four consortia submitted proposals. REES (Resource-Efficient and Effective Solutions based on circular economy thinking), according to an international panel of experts, considered to be the strongest proposal.
– Linköping University, together with Lund University and Chalmers University of Technology submitted an application that clearly integrates product and service design and development of business models and policy. The application additionally has the strong support of the industry makes it a winner, says Åke Iverfeldt, Mistra’s CEO.
The consortium consists not only of the three academic partners of a large number of companies (including off2off, Attends Healthcare AB Ericsson AB HTC Sweden AB, Inrego, STATE Tall MA AB, AB Volvo and Volvo Car Group) as well as some organizations and municipalities . With co-financing from participating companies and academic partners is the program’s total budget of approximately 80 million.
– There is a great need for research on how we can design products in a smart and sustainable way to reduce consumption of resources. We are pleased to now be able to launch this program, says Åke Iverfeldt, Mistra’s Managing Director.