Finnish centre for industrial circular economy to be established in Kemi
The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra’s financing and cooperation with the City of Kemi promote industrial circular economy education and competence in all of Finland. Finland is a pioneer in circular economy.
Under Sitra’s lead, the world’s first national roadmap for the
circular economy action plan was prepared for Finland with the goal of
generating shared will to promote circular economy and to specify the
most efficient ways to achieve it in society.
Sitra named the industrial circular economy innovation platform led
by Digipolis – Kemi Technology Park as one of the key projects of the
In order for the operating models of the Kemi region industrial
circular economy to spread to all of Finland, Sitra wants to cooperate
with the region’s experts and education providers.
“The world quickly needs pioneering solutions on how to no longer
base the growth of economy and well-being on wasteful use of natural
resources. By developing the best solutions of carbon-neutral circular
economy, Finland can be among the first to generate sustainable
well-being and success in a new way during the coming 5–10 years,” says
Circular Economy Project Director Kari Herlevi of Sitra.
“Circular and bio economy are strategic development areas of the City
of Kemi. We are extremely pleased and taken with the opportunity to
make our partnership with Sitra official. With this agreement and
financing, we will be able to work together to boost the successful
circular economy development work that Digipolis – Kemi Technology Park
has carried out over the past years and to generate vitality for the
city and for the entire Finland. We believe that the circular economy
development work will yield new investments and jobs in the future,"
says Mayor Tero Nissinen of the City of Kemi.
The circular and bioeconomy centre will be established in Kemi by
Digipolis, the City of Kemi and Lapland University of Applied Sciences.
Lapland University of Applied Sciences has chosen
the development of circular and bioeconomy as its strategic area of
focus and will invest in it, in addition to the projects, an annual sum
of more than EUR 200,000 of strategic development funds for establishing
the circular and bioeconomy centre. In addition, the university will
during the following two years invest approx. EUR 400,000 in research,
development and innovation activities and in the development of
teaching. The circular economy education module will be launched in
The establishment of the competence centre is a logical continuation
to the work carried out by Digipolis in the promotion of circular
“The Digipolis expert team of industrial circular economy is
available for use by the centre. Sitra’s funding to the City of Kemi
strengthens this team of experts,” says Managing Director Kimmo Heikka of Digipolis.
Digipolis and the Arctic Industry and Circular Economy cluster
received a significant Nordic recognition early this year when the
Nordic Council of Ministers published the Best Nordic Bioeconomy Cases
catalogue, which comprises 25 projects. Among the selected Nordic
example cases is the Arctic industry ecosystem and the Kemi-Tornio
circular economy innovation platform led by Digipolis.
In 2014, Lapland was selected by the European Commission as one of
Europe’s model areas for the modern cluster development in the
sustainable refinement of natural resources.
Kari Poikela, Centre Manager, Digipolis and Lapland UAS, kari.poikela(at)digipolis.fi, +358 50 435 8283
Tero Nissinen, Mayor of the City of Kemi, tero.nissinen(at)kemi.fi, +358 40 673 9880
Nani Pajunen, Senior Lead, Sitra, nani.pajunen(at)sitra.fi, +358 50 301 0742
Read more about circular economy: www.sitra.fi/en/topics/a-circular-economy/
Centre for industrial circular economy was presented for the press on 21 June.