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PhD defence by Anja Marie Bundgaard

Ecodesign for a Circular Economy - Regulating and Designing Electrical and Electronic Equipment


19.01.2017 kl. 13.00 - 16.00


The PhD thesis examines how ecodesign can close the material loops in the circular economy for electrical and electronic equipment. In the PhD study, circular economy is defined as a consumption and production system based on closed loops that minimise resources, energy flows and environmental degradation. The study examines how to improve resource efficiency through regulation and how companies can design products for closed material loops.

A study of the European product policies showed that the policies can improve resource efficiency, but it is possible to utilise the potential of the product policies and their synergies further. The Ecodesign Directive plays an important role as it can set minimum performance requirements for a broad selection of resource efficiency aspects.

A study of Bang & Olufsen and Tier1Asset revealed that existing ecodesign guidelines can be used to improve the recyclability and the reconditioning potential, but that it is necessary to develop both product and company specific guidelines. The analysis revealed that activities or product attributes of importance to a circular economy are not solely driven by ecodesign but also by quality, luxury, design, environmental regulation and stock and cost optimisations.

assessment committee

Associate Professor Søren Kerndrup, Aalborg University (chair)

Assistant Professor Idil Gaziulusoy, Department of Design, Alto University

PhD Fulvio Ardente, European Commission - Joint Research Centre


Professor Arne Remmen, Aalborg University


Associate Professor Mette A. Mosgaard, Aalborg University


After the defence Department of Planning will host a small reception. Please report your participation to lisekirk@plan.aau.dk on or before 13 January.


Free of charge


Department of Planning


Skibrogade 5, room C2/12

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