Ensure legal and effective licensing processes
Legal, effective and predictable permit processes are required to create a rational supply of raw materials. By planning smart and placing quarries closer to the building site, the climate impact can significantly decrease. Then the processes for obtaining permits must be made considerably more predictable, legally safe and uniform.
Give long permits with flexible terms for investment
In order to promote electrification, a long-term approach is required. Even if the profitability meets the company´s demand for repayment time, climate investments are not carried out if the remaining license period is too short and it is uncertain whether the cover will be granted extended operating license with reasonable terms. Too short counting permits with too rigid conditions do not give the operator the opportunities that are needed for long-term climate investments.
Produce End-of-Waste (EoW) criteria for ballast
It must become clear when waste ceases to be waste and the regulatory framework must promote recycling when it is environmentally justified. SBMI (Sveriges Bergmaterialindustri) considers that the Ministry of the Environment should give the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency the task of developing EoW criteria for ballast material.
Produce industry guides for what is NOT waste
In today’s legal system there are big uncertainties about the recycling of aggregates. In many cases, a rational material handling and sound circular material flows are counteracted by an uncertainty regarding the outcome of government assessments. Clearer guidance is needed on what does not fall within the scope of the waste definition to ensure uniform assessments in the country.
Prioritize circular material flows during assessments
Today, too often restrictive authority assessments are made about where recycled materials may be used. This means great costs for society, long unnecessary transports, and counteracts circular material flows. The circular society needs site-specific government assessments that promote circular material flows, and where reasonable considerations regarding environmental protection are made.
Let public procurement be driving
A large proportion of the production of the industry is sold to public procurers. These should be able to set higher climate requirements than private clients. It can, for example, reward recycled material. This could mean that the industry gets an opportunity to get more paid for products that meet higher requirements to promote climate investments.
Establish »Policylabs« for industry regulations
Many regulations have been developed in a society that was different from today. The regulations or instruments were relevant at the time of the introduction, but perhaps not today. Policylab is a form of cooperation where many different relevant stakeholder groups work closely together on the design of the regulations. This technique has proven to be effective and successful in many different ways.
Secure well-functioning market for biofuels
Electrification is not suitable everywhere. It is important that the industry can reduce fossil emissions through other measures. Demand for HVO will increase. There is a need for new policy instruments that enable the industry, together with authorities, to develop technology that encourages technology development and increased production of, for example, biofuels.
Speed up technology shifts with »The Climate Leap«
In larger plants, electrification is often more profitable, but in medium-sized revenues, for example, the governmental financial support is needed to create enough profitability for the conversion. A major change will require the support of society. With the support of, for example, the governmental investment program »The Climate Leap«, the return of investment period reduces to an acceptable level.
Consider the supply of aggregates early in the construction process
By considering the supply of aggregates early in the overview planning process, the conditions will be better for increased material recycling, efficient logistics and efficient material supply. Effective mass logistics require a holistic approach, collaboration between many actors and good planning.