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Carl Dalhammar

Carl Dalhammar

Senior lecturer

Carl Dalhammar

Stakeholders, drivers and barriers for local electronics repair: a case study of southern Sweden

Author

  • Jessika Luth Richter
  • Carl Dalhammar

Summary, in English

Promoting repair of electronics is an important strategy to slow material loops, particularly of critical raw materials, as part of a transition to a circular economy. This contribution accounts for a case study of southern Sweden conducted in order to examine drivers and barriers for repairing electronics, as well as better understand the roles of different stakeholders. Repair activities in the region were mapped, including professional for-profit repair activities as well as private and public non-profit activities. Structured interviews were conducted with stakeholders representing professional repairers (8), municipal actors (7), second-hand stores (6), and electronics-specific non-profit community repair organisations (2). The organizational structure of repair organisations and the how municipalities currently support repair organizations were also analysed. A survey of consumers was conducted to gauge their attitude towards extending the lifespan and engage with repair activities. The findings indicate that most people surveyed were positive towards repair activities. The professional repairers consider growing consumer awareness as the main driver for increasing repairs, but there remain many barriers. Community driven activities are still in early development and dependent on collaboration with municipal actors. Municipalities emerged as key actors in community repair initiatives, with different municipal departments either initiating, promoting, or supporting repair activities.

Department/s

  • The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics

Publishing year

2019

Language

English

Publication/Series

PLATE – Product lifetimes and the environment : 3rd PLATE Conference, September 18–20, 2019 Berlin, Germany

Document type

Conference paper

Topic

  • Public Administration Studies

Conference name

3rd PLATE Conference

Conference date

2019-09-18 - 2019-09-20

Conference place

Berlin, Germany

Status

Published

Project

  • Creating a repair society to advance the Circular Economy – policies, networks and people

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISBN: 978-3-7983-3125-9