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Metal Waste Reduction in Tinsmith Workshops in the Nordic Countries

Project 2020 - 2022 Active

The overall target for the project is a waste reduction of 30 % approximately 4000-5000 tons of metal a year. In addition, the project partners will also create a template for the correct implementation of recycling processes for optimal use of the metal waste sent for recycling.

Project objective

Today, tinsmith workshops create 5-10 tons each of recyclable metal waste per year. Through a Nordic network between selected companies with environmental certification or focus, the project group will create a best practices compendium for implementation in all our 1600 companies. Focus on prevention together with suppliers, minimizing within the companies to use standard deliveries, custom delivered dimensions, and search for reuse opportunities together with others in the construction industry. The project will also focus on correct recycling.

This project has the possibility to drive tinsmith workshops forward in all Nordic countries, lead us to new markets at the same time as preparing to deliver building projects adapted to the future climate and environmental requirements.


The Nordic prime ministers have decided on a new vision for Nordic cooperation. The Nordic countries are to become the most integrated, sustainable region in the world by 2030, emphasizing green (circular and biobased), competitive and socially inclusive societies. The Nordic countries have the strongholds needed to be frontrunners in the circular economy. However, there are still issues to resolve in order to reach the climate targets and Sustainable Development Goals, especially number 12 (Sustainable production and consumption) and 13 (Climate Change).

The call, where the project was funded was designed to enable cooperation actions that can turn strategies into concrete solutions to help reduce the CO2 footprint, reduce and optimize material use, promote innovations and implement new business models. The call for proposals addressed two of the four action areas that currently make up Nordic Innovation’s Nordic Sustainable Business Transformation program.


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Ane Dyrnes
Project owner

Jan Henrik
Project leader

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Plåt & Vent

Jørgen Rasmusson
Project partner

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Søren Schmidt
Project partner

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FBE (Félag)

Sævar Jonsson
Project partner


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Marthe Haugland

Senior Innovation Adviser
Marthe combines her international experience with her knowledge of business development and innovation to promote Nordic cooperation within the circular economy. She belives Nordic cooperation can drive the systemic change and give Nordic companies a competitive edge going forward.

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Hanna Törmänen

Hanna Törmänen

Innovation Adviser
Hanna has background in Nordic and international exports, public-private cooperation, project management and market analysis. Her focus at Nordic Innovation is to support Nordic businesses and ecosystems in their transition towards sustainable and circular business models.