material cycles; dynamic material flow modelling; system dynamic modelling; business models and strategies; transition management; resource efficiency
MeglinRonny, KytziaSusanne, KliemDaniel, ScheideggerAlexander (2019), Business-models of gravel, cement and concrete producers in Switzerland and their relevance for resource management and economic development on regional a scale, in SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE 2019 (SBE19 Graz)
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MeglinRonny (2019), Environmental assessment in the building materials industry: How are the results of Life-Cycle-Assessment (LCA) for concrete influenced by technology and regulations?, in Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (SCMT5)
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Kliem Daniel, Scheidegger Alexander, Participative governance of the Swiss construction material industry – Transitioning business models and public policy, in wird ergänzt wird ergänzt (ed.), Springer Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg.
Traditionally, gravel, cement and concrete producers focus on their role as material or resource suppliers. The higher the material turnover, the higher the economic success. Hence, the business-model is in conflict with the societal goal of increased resource efficiency. Driven by stricter regulations, some companies have recently developed new business models focusing on additional services in waste management and logistics. From a policy perspective, such diversification strategies are very interesting because they accelerated changes in economic structures that lead to increased resource efficiency. In the proposed project, we introduce a strategy to better coordinate economic change (driven by business strategies) with development of boundary conditions (driven by public policies). We introduce the term “co-evolution” describing a process of mutual learning between representatives of public policies and business. To this end we use system dynamic modelling in combination with integrated assessment as tools for analysis, assessment as well as communication. With our research, we intend to identify (i) how public policies influence the economic success of alternative business strategies with focus on vertical integration in the material and construction sector and (ii) how alternative business strategies change the use of construction minerals in Switzerland. We finally hope to come up with recommendations for policy makers on how measures and instruments should be further developed to finally close loops in material recycling and increase resource efficiency.