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Bioeconomy and circular economy

The bioeconomy and circular economy promote the smart use of natural resources, entrepreneurship and distance management. These are also priorities in the strategy of Lapland UAS.

Currently, there are more than 40 bioeconomy and circular economy projects ongoing in the various competence areas of UAS.

Definition of concepts
Bioeconomy

The bioeconomy encompasses all kinds of production based on renewable natural materials. Such production sectors include the forest industry, agriculture, food production industry and nature tourism, for example. Innovations and technologies promoting sustainable use of natural resources are developed and implemented as part of the production.

In Lapland UAS, bioeconomy is also closely linked to ways that nature can be used to promote well-being. Green Care thinking can be expanded to almost all business sectors and regional development.

A bioeconomy based on renewable natural resources will form the backbone of Finland’s economy now and in the future.

More information: Sitra

Circular Economy

The circular economy involves many business sectors. They all try to use materials and energy more efficiently and increase the use of renewable raw materials. The goal is to create things and consumables from materials that allow for a long service life and sustainable value.

It is not only about recycling, but also about the production of raw materials, processing of materials, manufacture of products, distribution, trade and consumption.
The objective can be achieved by product designing, remanufacturing, material recycling or, if the material has reached the end of its usable life, maybe even in energy production.
Replacing products with services is also an essential part of the circular economy idea.

The circular economy promotes the smart use of natural resources, entrepreneurship and distance management. These are also priorities in the strategy of Lapland UAS.

More information: Sitra

Co-financed by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the national Circular and Bio Economy Centre is located in Kemi.

The operation of the centre is based on the cooperation between the City of Kemi, Kemin Digipolis Oy and Lapland UAS.

Industrial companies operating in Northern Finland generate billions of euros in turnover every year, and industrial by-products in the Sea Lapland area alone amount to 1.4 million tonnes per year. Sea Lapland will be at the national forefront in developing the circular economy.

The location of the centre is also ideal for international cooperation. The northern regions of Sweden, Norway and Russia, with similar industrial activities, are located nearby.

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Contact

Specialists in Bioeconomy and Circular Economy

D. Phil. Sanna Tyni
Tel. +358 40 674 7964
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D.Sc. (Agr. & For.) Juha-Pekka Snäkin
Tel. +358 40 729 6259
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