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Carl Dalhammar

Carl Dalhammar

Senior lecturer

Carl Dalhammar

Taking stock for repair and refurbishing: A review of harvesting of spare parts from electrical and electronic products


  • Jessika Luth Richter
  • Sahra Svensson-Höglund
  • Carl Dalhammar
  • Jennifer D. Russell
  • Aake Thidell

Summary, in English

A circular economy (CE) calls for the value of materials and products to be maintained and recovered through narrowing, closing, and slowing loops. However, there remain challenges in capturing value through reuse of components in refurbished and repaired products. In this paper, we provide an overview of the research and practice of harvesting spare parts from used and waste electrical and electronic equipment (white goods and consumer electronic products). Through a literature review and case studies of Norway, Sweden, and California, we provide an overview of drivers and barriers for spare part harvesting. Applying a stakeholder value mapping framework, we identify the key stakeholders involved in spare part harvesting and map the values captured, missed, and destroyed to identify opportunities for increased value retention. Finally, we suggest further refinements for policy to upscale spare part harvesting in light of CE goals and objectives.


  • The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
  • LTH Profile Area: Circular Building Sector

Publishing year





Journal of Industrial Ecology

Document type

Journal article


MIT Press


  • Environmental Management


  • circular economy
  • stakeholder value mapping
  • waste electrical and electronic equipment
  • parts reuse
  • spare parts




  • Creating a repair society to advance the Circular Economy – policies, networks and people
  • Circular Economy: capturing value in waste through extended producer responsibility policies


  • ISSN: 1530-9290