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Where others see waste we find opportunity

Our vision is to build a world where progress is based on sustainable circularity. We see a future without take-make-waste where resources are used efficiently and all industries are engineered for circularity.

Current industrial design is outdated and the world needs to quickly cut down on emissions and use resources far more efficiently. We help the future greats seize this moment by rethinking business models, securing investments and, developing circular operations.

We're building both industries and new ways of thinking. Opening a path to circularity where progress mean improvements for people, businesses, communities and our home planet.

Time to put the "go" in goals

Current industrial design is outdated and the world needs to quickly cut down on emissions and use resources far more efficiently. We help the future greats seize this moment by rethinking business models, securing investments and, developing circular operations. This brings industrial-scale circular systems out of the realm of possibility and into today’s pressing business and climate needs.

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Our solution can be applied to almost any energy-intensive industry and boost circular production of commodities and food.

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The accelerating climate change and sustainability challenges in society are realities we can’t afford to ignore. To secure a sustainable future on this planet we must change our way of take-make-waste, right now. This calls for innovations that can make impact at scale. Like how we design and develop industrial production.

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Inspired by our background in cyclical systems, and the key principles: Responsible, Renewable and Recyclable, we created WA3RM. By flipping the perspective on industrial waste, such as CO2, surplus heat and sludge as a costly problem, we found the key to a new business model where waste becomes a valuable resource.

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WA3RM brings waste to life by connecting industries that want to put their waste streams to better use, with entrepreneurs that benefit from accessible energy and raw materials in different forms. This circular system also nurtures other possibilities, such as more local jobs, self-sufficient food production and, of course, a healthier future for all of us.

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More so, this is a model that can be used anywhere in connection with industrial production. To make the positive impact on climate change that we desire, we encourage others to follow our example. Only together can we build a thriving world where progress is based on sustainable circularity.

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Build a world where progress is based on sustainable circularity

Vision

It’s about physical buildings and structures. But also a new way of thinking. We design and construct regenerative systems and introduce a path to circularity – ultimately building a new world where advancements and developments focus on improvements for people, businesses, societies and our planet. We strive for optimal circularity where nothing goes to waste and there are no harmful emissions.

Build a world where progress is based on sustainable circularity

Vision

It’s about physical buildings and structures. But also a new way of thinking. We design and construct regenerative systems and introduce a path to circularity – ultimately building a new world where advancements and developments focus on improvements for people, businesses, societies and our planet. We strive for optimal circularity where nothing goes to waste and there are no harmful emissions.

Bringing waste to life

Purpose

Our purpose is to bring waste to life. We want to enable and nurture growth and new possibilities; technologically as well as financially. Most people view unwanted materials or byproducts as problems, unnecessary costs or inconveniences. We see waste streams as valuable, untapped resources. And we want to make the best use of waste to create a regenerative system that as life itself is cyclical – to safeguard life on this planet, vitalize local communities and secure a sustainable future.

It all began with Big Science

Our founders joined forces at the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, where they we're tasked with delivering a sustainable research facility, that was energy efficient, and used only renewable energy and recycled waste heat.

They began to develop a novel energy concept that was responsible, renewable, and recyclable. They called it 3R. The “3R” in WA3RM comes from this concept that revolutionized energy thinking in Big Science. WA3RM’s mission is to bring that revolution to the industry.

On June the 30th 2015 the ESS energy division closed as planned, on time, on budget, with a cost reduction of more than 30 % on the energy bill, going from annual 15 M€ to 10 M€. The company got started in 2015 and since then, our team has grown into a highly specialized group of engineers, finance- and climate experts, business developers, and doers.

With decades of combined experience, our experts and industry veterans team up with industries, businesses and local communities to create facilities where industrial waste streams are reused in sustainable production.

We’ve already finalized our first commercial facility that produces tomatoes using industrial waste heat . Our solution is ready to deliver industrial-scale outputs that meet existing market needs already today. It can be applied to almost any energy-intensive industry.

Our research has also been published on different platforms, including Nature. For the full list see publications. One of the key deliverables from ESS energy division was the Energy design report.

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Turning waste streams into a profitable business

The WA3RM business concept is to capture waste streams from major industries and use these to create regenerative, often food-producing businesses where the circular element is dominant. Climate change and sustainability-related challenges require real, rapid, and decisive action in the form of industrial-scale solutions.

WA3RM’s projects are based on proven technology and established solutions for utilizing waste heat on a large scale. We also focus on the abatement of CO2 emissions by utilizing residual industrial waste heat to create great positive impacts for the climate, our partner industries, our investors and society. And since this is a profitable deal at all levels, our solution will have long-lasting effect.

Tight and dedicated organization

One of our core values is ‘no time to waste’. Apart from capturing the sense of urgency that guides our actions; it also reflects our ambition to keep a tight and dedicated organization. We encourage all visionary ideas on how to address the challenges of our planet, at the same time as we strive to make our concrete plans a reality as soon as possible. That’s why we also have a management team that is focused on getting things done sooner rather than later.

Jacques Ejlerskov

CEO

Biography

Education: Master in Political Science with a major in Environmental Economy from the University of Copenhagen

Professional background: Jacques has worked for more than 20 years in c-level management and positions in professional board, including as Program Director in the merger between Biogen and Fujifilm Diosynth Biotech.

Born: 1970
Nationality: Danish

Jakob Westerström

COO

Biography

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Human Resources from the Glion Institute of Higher Education (GIHE), Switzerland

Professional background: With two decades in the hotel and service industry, Jakob has worked across diverse locations such as the Caribbean, Middle East, London, and Africa. He has held prominent managerial positions, including roles as Hotel Manager and General Manager. ​

Born: 1981
Nationality: Swedish

Thomas Parker

Head of Market & Technology Development

Biography

Education: Master in Engineering Physics from the Lund Institute of Technology (LTH), Licentiate of Engineering and a Doctorate of Engineering in Industrial Environmental Economics from IIIEE in Lund.

Professional background: Thomas has 30 year’s experience from different leading positions, including CEO of Lund Energy. Thomas also headed up the Energy Division of the European Spallation Source (ESS).

Born: 1966
Nationality: Swedish/American

Niklas Rydberger

Head of Communication & Sustainability

Biography

Education: Bachelor in Business Administration and Political Science from the University of Lund.

Professional experience: Niklas has more than 25 years of experience from management consulting and corporate finance at EY as well as financial communication in the City of London. His most previous positions include Head of office at two of Sweden’s leading communication agencies.

Born: 1968
Nationality: Swedish

Therese Jönsson

Head of Legal Affairs

Biography

Education: Master of Law from the University of Örebro

Professional experience: Therese has 10+ year’s experience within M&A, corporate law and commercial contracts. Her previous positions include Head of Legal at Haldex AB and the Energy Division at Alfa Laval AB.

Born: 1985
Nationality: Swedish

Fredrik Indebetou

Deputy CEO

Biography

Education: Social Science, Lund University

Professional experience: 25+ years of experience as an entrepreneur focusing on early-stage development, innovation and scale-up within IT, energy, and sustainable manufacturing. Fredrik had a leading role in the development and implementation of the sustainability strategy at ESS.

Born: 1972
Nationality: Swedish

Kristian Bennetsen

CFO

Biography

Education: MBA In International Banking and Finance, The University of Birmingham

Professional experience: 17+ years of international finance and investment management. Before WA3RM, Kristian co-founded Roslin Technologies, was at Emirates NBD Private Banking in Dubai and worked as an equity analyst at Bloomberg. Before finance he ran farming- and feed milling operations in Denmark and the USA.

Born: 1977
Nationality: Danish

Our Board of Directors: Jacques Ejlerskov / Chairman, Per Frederiksen, Thomas Parker, Gunnar Hagman

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