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Central Finland's circular economy roadmap

Keski-Suomi
Publication Date: 
12/2018
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Finland

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Outi Pakarinen
Hannu Koponen

In the framework of the CIRCWASTE project, Southwest Finland developed a circular economy roadmap in late 2018 to help implementation of the national waste plan and define regional objectives with concrete measures to achieve these.

The Finnish Environment Institute formed an expert network on circular economy, and began identifying regional strengths and special characteristics to start with.

In 2018, the Central Finland region produced approximately 1,8 million tonnes of different kinds of waste. Stakeholders thus sought to focus on waste management during the drafting process, and received training on, for example, plastic lifespan and creativity in the circular economy alongside many networking opportunities.

While the overarching theme is public procurement, the regional strategy focuses on the following sectors in particular:

  1. construction and demolition waste (62% of all waste in the region)
  2. biodegradable waste, biogas and the nutrient reuse (approximately 30% of non-recycled waste is biodegradable waste)
  3. plastics (in 2018 households generated approximately 6,000 tonnes of such waste)
  4. electric and electronic wreckage (in 2018 citizens generated approximately 6,000 tonnes of such waste)

This roadmap seeks to reduce the amount of construction and demolition waste and increase reuse of such waste to 70%. The partial activities helping to reach the targets are listed in the roadmap.

Different stakeholders, ranging from municipal or regional authorities, to national institutes, educational establishments, and private companies will take responsibility for implementation.

North Karelia's circular economy roadmap

Pohjois-Karjala
Publication Date: 
12/2018
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Finland

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Aino Heikura

In 2018, Finland's easternmost region of North Karelia adopted a circular economy roadmap as part of the CIRCWASTE project. Its objectives are to:

  1. enhance material and energy efficiency and improve natural resource use
  2. make circular economy inherent to industrial production in priority sectors and strengthen the regional cooperation network in the field of circular economy
  3. strengthen and stimluate new circular business models while developing new technological solutions and know-how in the region.

Regarding waste management overall, this strategy aims to increase knowledge and change overall consumer attitudes.

A system to recycle construction waste is set for development, and will focus on logistics, demolition methods and supervision. This strategy aims to improve training concerning waste management in particular, and motivate companies to consider waste already in the planning stage.

As for municipal waste management, the strategy hopes to improve the collection network and logistics by creating incentives and introducing monitoring systems.

The objectives are to be reached in different timeframes by 2030. For each partial target, responsibilities have been shared among various actors: municipalities, the Regional Council of North Karelia, private companies, educational establishments, organisations etc.

South Karelia's circular economy roadmap

Etelä-Karjala
Publication Date: 
12/2018
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Finland

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Salme Muurikka

The circular economy roadmap of the South Karelia region in Finland, along the Russian border, was drawn up at the end of 2018 in the framework of the CIRCWASTE project. The Finnish Environment Institute formed an expert network on circular economy, and began by identifying regional strengths and specific characteristics.

In South Karelia, stakeholders set the objectives of circular economy as

  1. Sustainable wellbeing, no emissions, no waste, or excessive consumption
  2. More jobs and business activity in the field of environment
  3. Strengthening of knowledge and training in environmental and circular economy issues.

Stakeholders at different levels are responsible for achieving specific targets, and range from the regional development council to municipalities, private companies, networks, universities and other educational establishments, etc.

For manufacturing, this strategy focuses on construction and mining, energy efficiency, renewable energies, reducing CO2 emissions, increasing recycling and improving waste management.

Regarding bio-based industries such as forestry in particular, this strategy focuses on by-products, nutrient recycling, and developing new products and materials.

To develop intelligent public services, the region is hoping to stimulate the sharing economy and improve digital services.

This strategy perceives the factors enabling circular economy as citizen engagement, research cooperation, developing educational curricula, and the role of government procurement. 

South Karelia's performance will be monitored using the following indicators:

  • ​the amount and level of recycled municipal waste
  • the amount and level of recycled construction and demolition waste
  • the amount of biodegradable municipal waste and the amounts of composted or decomposed biodegradable municipal waste
  • the amount and level of electrical or electronics waste.

The region has also set itself goals to:

  • create 500 new jobs in environmental businesses by 2030
  • increase by 20% the number of businesses in waste management and recycling within the region.

 

Southwest Finland's circular economy roadmap

Lounais-Suomi
Publication Date: 
01/2019
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Finland

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Aleksis Klap
Pilvi Kara

In the framework of the CIRCWASTE project, Southwest Finland developed a circular economy roadmap to implement the national waste plan and define regional objectives with concrete measures to achieve these.

The Finnish Environment Institute formed an expert network on circular economy, and began identifying regional strengths and special characteristics to start with. A regional cooperation group of more than 20 members was founded to work the strategy. It was composed of representatives from various towns, education establishments, the Regional Council of Soutwest Finland, private companies etc.

For Southwest Finland, stakeholders set a focus on sustainable food systems, high-tech industry, transport and logistics. Public services and knowledge exchange with industry, academia and civil society are the overarching themes.

The objectives and measures are classified along the priority sectors:

  • construction
  • biodegradable waste
  • nutrient reuse
  • municipal waste.

Targeted training and versatile learning materials will advance circular economy in construction, where the strategy aims to generate less waste and increase the use of construction and demolition waste to 70%.

As Southwest Finland is a national frontrunner in making use of agricultural by-products and nutrient reuse, the region wants to build on its strengths and halve food waste by 2030. Another goal in this area is to increase the amount of recycled organic waste to 60%.

Additionally the strategy hopes to decouple municipal waste growth from regional GDP growth, and increase recycling to 55%.

Brussels construction industry roadmap towards a circular economy

Brussels construction industry roadmap towards a circular economy

Publication Date: 
06/2019
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Belgium

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The Brussels Regional Programme for a Circular Economy is Belgium's capital region strategic effort towards a circular economy. Within this programme, the Brussels construction industry with its 12,000 businesses is a priority sector. As construction and facilities management accounts for 98% of water use, 75% energy demand and 33% of waste in Brussels, there is great potential for a substantial contribution to a circular transition.

This roadmap, developed in partnership with the Environmental Agency through 3 stakeholder workshops, includes three gradual steps towards circular building in Brussels:

  1. voluntary measures by construction businesses by 2025
  2. comprehensive regulation for circular public buildings by 2030
  3. reforming all relevant local planning regulations to include circular principles by 2040

While the latter goal remains to be clearly defined and prepared, the voluntary measures by companies and regulatory update for public buildings have already been transformed into actionable steps, e.g. revising training curricula in vocational and professional schools with a circular mindset or setting up monitoring systems to track the flow of resource and waste from Brussels' largest construction sites.

Päijät-Häme roadmap towards a circular economy

Päijät-Häme roadmap towards a circular economy

Road map towards circular economy in Päijät-Häme, Finland
Publication Date: 
10/2017
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Finland

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A circular economy is a strategic priorirty for Finland's Päijät-Häme region, which is reflected in its RIS3 orientation and in Lahti's (the region's main city) development strategy. Whereas Finland's national framework for  a circular economy provides an outlines for this transition, the Päijät-Häme regional roadmap, a joint strategy for nine municipalities, implemeents the national aims with actions at the regional level.

The roadmap was launched in October 2017 as part of Päijät-Häme's regional economic strategy for 2018–2021. The drafting process was coordinated by the Lahti University of Applied Sciences, in close cooperation with the regional council and local stakeholders such as regional and municipal authorities, academia, a regional development corporation, as well as public and private companies.

Päijät-Häme's roadmap has five main themes, with regional goals and actions set for each. The overarching themes are:

  • Closed loops of technical streams to create added value
  • Sustainable business from bio-circular economy
  • Towards energy self-sufficiency by sustainable transport and energy solutions
  • Shared economy generates new consumption models and business opportunities
  • Piloting and demonstrating innovative circular economy solutions

Because input was sought from across the region through workshops and discussions, a stakeholder consultation and further informal contacts, the regional council created substantial enthusiasm and buy-in throughout the area, thus creating a foundation for successful implementation. The roadmap is a living document, with annual updates scheduled to identify new opportunities and involve new actors.

Extremadura 2030

Publication Date: 
12/2017
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Spain

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Extremadura 2030

The Regional Government of Extremadura is working on a 'Strategy for a Green and Circular Economy' titled "Extremadura 2030". The objective is to encourage the production of goods and services while reducing the consumption and waste of raw materials, water and energy sources, thus based on the principle of closing the lifecycle of production. By doing so the regional government of Extremadura has created an intrinsic link between its overarching regional economic policy goals, European priorities for a sustainable economic future and the global fight against climate change. This strategy calls for citizens, businesses, civil society, public administration and the scientific community to collaborate in realising the circular economy. Implementation is foreseen through 4 horizontal programmes across 7 thematic axes. - Massive citizen participation program; - Citizen training program in green leadership; - Green and bio-economy R&D support program; - Program for the identification and enhancement of the full potential of the green economy of Extremadura.

Making Things Last: a circular economy strategy for Scotland

Making Things Last
Publication Date: 
02/2016
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United Kingdom

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Colin MacBean

This strategy sets out our priorities for moving towards a more circular economy - where products and materials are kept in high value use for as long as possible.

It builds on Scotland's progress in the zero waste and resource efficiency agendas. A more circular economy will benefit:

  • the environment - cutting waste and carbon emissions and reducing reliance on scarce resources;
  • the economy - improving productivity, opening up new markets and improving resilience; and
  • communities - more, lower cost options to access the goods we need with opportunities for social enterprise.

​Realising these benefits will mean rethinking our approach to how goods are supplied, how they are used, and what happens at the end of products' lifetimes. In this strategy, we are prioritising four areas, although we will also take action elsewhere:

  • Food and drink, and the broader bio-economy: food waste is a significant source of carbon emissions; and a more circular approach to the beer, whisky and fish sectors, for example, could lead to potential savings of half a billion pounds per year;
  • Remanufacture: remanufacture is already contributing £1.1 billion per year to Scotland's economy with potential to grow by a further £620 million by 2020;
  • Construction and the built environment: construction accounts for about 50% of all waste in Scotland and is a major influence on efficient use of resources;
  • Energy infrastructure: there are considerable opportunities such as the reuse of equipment from wind turbines and decommissioned oil and gas platforms. Our ambition for waste prevention and using resources more efficiently is fundamental to achieving a more circular economy.

Green and Circular Economy Strategy, Government of Catalonia

Strategy of the Government of Catalonia: Promoting Green and Circular Economy in Catalonia

Green and Circular Economy Strategy of the Government of Catalonia
Publication Date: 
05/2015
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Spain

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The Strategy for Promoting Green and Circular Economy of the Government of Catalonia aims to foster sustainability as a strategic area to attain economic recovery, increase competitiveness, create jobs, and reduce environmental risks. This strategy is structured into key policies' areas for promoting green and circular economy: the generation of demand and creation of markets, the improvement of the access to funding, the stimulation of research, development and innovation, the boosting of internationalisation and the promotion of employment and entrepreneurship. This strategy therefore contextualises the concept of green and circular economy in Catalonia. At the same time, it is a strategic roadmap that establishes the main areas of work for the medium-term, which are essential to promote this model in Catalonia.

Circular Flanders kick-off statement

Circular Flanders kick-off statement

Circulair Flanders
Publication Date: 
01/2017
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Belgium

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Catharina Rams

Circular Flanders is the hub and the inspiration for the Flemish circular economy. It is a partnership of governments, companies, civil society, and the knowledge community that will take action together. These organisations are the core of our partnership. Each one has committed to carrying out a specific action.

Be Circular - Regional Programme 2016 – 2020

Regional plan for the circular economy, Brussels Capital Region

Be Circular Brussels logo
Publication Date: 
03/2016
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Belgium

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Helpline (Belgium) 1819

Brussels Capital region Circular Economy strategy, adopted in 2016, sets a 10 year framework to move Brussels' economy towards a circular model.

The strategy is focused on three objectives: transform environmental goals into economic opportunities, anchor the Brussels economy, where possible, to local produce and to minimise transportation whilst optimising the use of available territory in order to create additional value for the people of Brussels and to contribute to the creation of employment. It is structured in 4 different axes (combining 111 actions):

  • Transversal ( regulatory framework);
  • sectorial (specific industries);
  • territorial and
  • governance (to bring together 3 ministerial department)