Transitionen mod cirkulær økonomi i byggesektoren

Christine Grindsted

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The construction sector’s use of resources has resulted in a continuous larger environmental pollution print in Denmark. The climate changes have simultaneously also increased focus on a more environmental protected and recourse costly development.

In this project, it will be examined how smaller companies and municipalities seek to establish and develop practices that can lead to a conversion towards a circular economy in the building industry, and how they experience a need for systematical change on a more social/structural level for the vision to succeed. The examination is made with a baseline in how Danish municipalities and smaller niche companies in the building industry consider conversion realistic, and the potential and complications it can have.

In this project, the empiric data has been collected through expert interviews with two municipalities: The municipality of Skive and Copenhagen, with an umbrella organization: Dansk Byggeri and two private companies who work with recycled material: Genbyg and Gamle Mursten.

How smaller companies and municipalities seek to establish and develop practices that can contribute to a conversion towards circular economy in the building industry will be examined and discussed. Furthermore, will I seek to highlight how they experience the need for systematic change on a more social/structural level for the transition to be a success, with a baseline in the Transitions theory which is Scott Campbell’s theory of sustainable planning and rationales for circular economy.
A clarification shall be made of how municipalities and the smaller companies try to agree in a planning field, where no present systems or rules exist.

On that basis, it will be concluded that conversion of practices in the building industry can have potential profit on more parameters, but for the conversion to become a reality there is a need for common guidelines and regulations on a national and international ground. There exist some structural challenges that alone can’t be helped by the smaller companies or on a municipal level, because they can’t force the private involved to follow the environment changes, but only propose it to them. The municipality and the smaller companies can’t promise the conversion without help from national and international regulations that can help in allowing the conversion to be profitable, and mature the market for recycled materials. Furthermore, it can be concluded that there is a need for common language and systems that can validate the quality of the recycled materials, provided that the transition to more recycling-oriented practices will be effective.

UddannelserPlan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato3 jun. 2019
Antal sider96
VejledereMajken Toftager Larsen


  • Cirkulær økonomi
  • Transitionsteori
  • Campbell
  • Genanvendelse
  • Byggesektoren
  • Kritisk realisme
  • Socialkonstruktivisme
  • Bæredygtighed
  • Nicher
  • Ressourcer
  • Multi-level perspektiv