Industrial Ecology

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Industrial Ecology (IE) is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the sustainable combination of Business, Environment & Technology. Here the human-induced transformation of materials and energy from the perspectives of the environment and sustainability are investigated in a systematic way. Industrial ecology is about describing and evaluating products and processes associated with them, from the collection of virgin materials, through processing of the material, during manufacturing, use and to the final disposal of the end of life product. Within industrial ecology, basic ideas are taken from natural flows, processes and cycles, as well as searches for strategies for different solutions similar to those found in nature. This highlights the relationship between the production and the environment and provides a very important link between engineering and natural sciences.

The tools within industrial ecology are used to optimize the total use of materials and energy and economic investments, as well as to reduce the burden of various emissions and wastes, to air, soil, water and other natural resources. These tools are used both within constructions and during follow-up processes in the community. Industrial ecology is thus an important component for work with product development, technological change, eco-efficiency, eco-design and higher producer responsibility and to reduce the environmental load. Teaching and literature are in English.


In Kalmar, Linnaeus University is located in the city centre. Universitetskajen is entirely newly-built and located just next to the sea. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.

The city centre is also where most students live. Everything is available within a ten-minute bicycle ride, regardless of whether you want to take a swim in the sea, study, do some shopping, or work out. Historical buildings and cobblestone streets give charm to the city. When it is sunny, the area next to Kalmar Castle’s moat is filled with studying and sunbathing students. Student life is a natural part of Kalmar. This is where your dream of the future begins!

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