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Recycling plant


Journey to zero waste

Giving power cable scrap a second life

The NKT recycling process plays a key part in our ambition to limit our environmental footprint and over the years, we have steadily reduced our landfill disposal and have reached significant results on the journey towards zero landfill. Across the organization, people are reducing the use of the landfill. Efficient material utilization has been a long-term focus enabling a high utilization. 
The waste strategy defines three central guiding principles:
1. Advance circularity as regards materials and material use
2. No compromise on landfill and incineration
3. Integrate the 5Rs (refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle) of waste management across NKT
See more information about our waste and circularity programs in the Sustainability Report.
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Eco-design and innovation

The need for new technology is essential for a low carbon future as the global power grids are constantly expanding, driven by megatrends such as urbanization, decentralization and a growing demand for electricity produced from renewable energy sources.
As a technology leader in the power cable industry, we are continuously developing new technologies to enable more efficient, reliable and sustainable power transmission based on environmentally friendly materials.   

Materials development

The environmental impact and carbon footprint are core considerations when we develop new products and solutions. A key focus in this development is to design for sustainable manufacturing processes, efficient material usage, long product lifespan and potential for decommissioning and recycling.
We are investigating, developing and testing new materials on an ongoing basis with constant focus on minimizing the environmental impact of our products and solutions. In 2020, we successfully developed of mechanical recycling of cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) as the first company in the power cable industry. The recycled materials from production is given a second life in new applications and products such as flowerpots, cable drums and construction material.


Superconducting technology

Superconducting power cables have huge potential supporting the green transition
Read the press release
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