PÄIJÄT-HÄME ROAD MAP

Towards Circular Economy
in Finland

Päijät-Häme Circular Economy Road Map describes the regional goals and actions to achieve the vision:
Päijät-Häme – the successful resource efficient region.

Introduction

The Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra, published Finland’s road map towards circular economy in 2016. The Päijät-Häme road map describes the regional vision and concrete activities to achieve common goals. The road map is also a part of regional development strategy.

 

The vision of Päijät-Häme is to be “the successful resource efficient region” in 2030. The road map process to define vision and goals involved stakeholders like regional and municipal authorities, higher education institutions, a regional development corporation, and private and public companies. The road map work continues with updating and specifying the actions together with regional stakeholders.

Goals

The Päijät-Häme Road Map has five main themes. Regional goals and actions have been set for each theme. Below are the goals and examples of actions.

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Closed loops of technical streams to create added value

 

Actions

 

Creation of digital platforms to optimise logistics related to the material recycling of different waste fractions and side streams. Mobile services are being developed for, for example, the collection of waste fractions subject to producer responsibility and for earth construction.

 

Establishment of a Circular Material Library to promote circular economy through product design and new industrial symbiosis. Muovipoli Ltd. and LAMK are responsible for piloting the library.

 

Enhancing of material collection and recycling by encouraging consumers to recycle and by creating a dense collection network. LAMK and Muovipoli Ltd. will implement a plastic collection pilot with a deposit system together with other stakeholders in autumn 2018.

 

Developing the collection, sorting out and refining processes of end-of-life textiles as a part of national cooperation network on textile recycling. In Päijät-Häme, the focus is on optical sorting technology for textile waste and activation of companies to join in the national textile recycling ecosystem.

 

Reduction of carbon footprint caused by earth works by utilizing industrial side streams like fly ash in road construction. The use of side streams is piloted at rural and municipal road structures in Päijät-Häme.

 

Construction and demolition waste

 

Extension of collection pilots for construction and demolition waste fractions. The City of Lahti implements a demolition inspection pilot at two building demolition sites in 2018. The pilot results are used to increase material utilisation of construction and demolition waste.

 

Enhancing the reuse and recycling of building materials by establishing a recycling centre for selling and buying surplus materials. The service is available for both construction companies and private individuals.

 

Procurement

 

Development of public procurement to consider product lifetime environmental impacts and expenses. Procurement guidelines support the purchase of products with long lifespan emphasising reparability, maintenance and re-use possibilities. In addition, the possibilities of shared use of products and replacing products with services are raised into discussion.

 

Promoting the smart use of recycled materials in products and services by including the use of recycled materials as a procurement criteria at Päijät-Häme municipalities.

 

 

Sustainable business from bio circular economy

 

Actions

 

Developing an action plan for bio circular economy in Päijät-Häme. The Regional Council of Päijät-Häme facilitates the action plan, which sets concrete targets for promoting bio circular economy.

 

Increasing the separate collection and composting of biodegradable waste to reach the new EU waste legislation targets. For example, centralised biowaste collection is piloted at single-house residential areas.

 

Closing the nutrient loops through the recycling of nutrients and the reduction of losses at different phases of food production chain. The use of biochar is promoted to improve soil quality and carbon sequestration. The creation of new business models and products for recycled nutrients.

 

Recapturing of nutrients from lake sedimentation and through, for example, increasing the use of low-value fish for food.

 

Reduction of losses in the whole food production and consumption chain by developing a program for a sustainable local food system. The City of Lahti prepares the program together with agriculture and food sector companies and other stakeholders.

 

Support for innovations on, for example, wood-based bio products and bioenergy. Wood-based solutions can decrease the reliance on fossil-based raw materials when, for example, wood fibre solutions are used to replace plastic packaging.

 

Promotion of wood use in construction and wood products for long-term carbon sequestration. Different biological side streams are utilised as fully as possible for new products and solutions. Open databanks on side streams are promoted to boost their use and creation of new business.

 

Towards energy self-sufficiency by sustainable transport and energy solutions

 

Actions

 

Development of agricultural energy ecosystems and decentralised renewable energy solutions in rural areas. Decentralised renewable energy solutions create new business opportunities.

 

Increasing the use of renewable energy sources by Lahti Energy’s new bio heating plant. The plant replaces the old coal powered heating plant and decreases the amount of carbon dioxide emissions. The new bio heating plant will be completed in 2020.

 

Supporting energy efficient solutions and the use of renewable energy sources by building regulations. Solutions can be developed with the help of property-specific piloting. Municipalities coordinate the development in co-operation with local real estate societies and other stakeholders.

 

Transportation

 

Deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure according to EU and national targets. The amount of public electric car charging stations is increased to 40 in Lahti by 2021. The charging points will be built to private housing later on.

 

Increasing the share of walking, cycling and public transportation in urban environment. Car sharing and Personal Carbon Trade become part of transportation. Personal carbon trade is piloted with benefits like cheaper public transport tickets or bicycle maintenance services. MaaS (Mobility as a Service) pilot starts in 2021.

Shared economy generates new consumption models and business opportunities

 

Actions

 

Development of new material and energy efficient accommodation and transportation solutions to everyday life. Services for repairing, renting and recycling products already exist, but collecting them on the same digital platform would make them easier to use.

 

Piloting of repair services was done in 2017-2018 in Lahti and three rural areas in Päijät-Häme. Centralized collection of products and an easy access to services were the main themes of the pilots. The use of repair services will be further supported by improving the visibility of the services and developing them to be more suitable for municipalities and schools.

 

Creating new business opportunities from 3D printing. New 3D printing technology with the use of recycled materials is developed and piloted in Päijät-Häme.

 

Sharing economy

 

Developing sharing economy services like tool libraries at different residential areas. Public rewarding of sharing economy and circular economy pioneers increases visibility.

 

Creating sharing platforms for employers for sharing rooms, products and vehicles. The City of Lahti develops a service for renting and reserving rooms and equipment.

 

Increasing urban farming in Päijät-Häme. Urban farming areas will be established in parks and other green areas. Schools are encouraged to farm, for example, in co-operation with residential care facilities.

Piloting and demonstrating innovative circular economy solutions

 

Actions

 

Promoting the internationally interesting circular economy reference sites like industrial symbiosis at Kujala Waste Centre area. Another noteworthy example of regional cooperation is the Päijät-Häme Grain Cluster, which aims at finding synergies and innovations, and has succeeded in developing industrial symbiosis.

 

Establishment of Lahti Region Circular Economy Centre, a recycling park, to promote circular economy. The centre concentrates especially on the utilisation of land mass, construction waste and industrial side streams. The aim is also to create closed loop facilities at different industries.

 

Strengthening the City of Lahti profile as a city of events by organising events according to the principles of circular economy. In addition, circular economy events, like Environment Week and Lahti Cleantech Venture Day, are organised annually.

 

Communication and Education

 

Promotion of Päijät-Häme region internationally through, for example, research and development projects at Lahti University of Applied Sciences. The City of Lahti also competed for the European Green Capital 2020 Award and was ranked among the top three.

 

Establishment of a circular economy platform for discussion and sharing of information for consumers and companies.

 

Development of circular economy education at all levels. Study modules for higher education are developed nationally with university consortiums and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. Circular economy training packages are also developed for the public sector and companies in the region.

 

Closed loops of technical streams to create added value

 

Actions

 

Creation of digital platforms to optimise logistics related to the material recycling of different waste fractions and side streams. Mobile services are being developed for, for example, the collection of waste fractions subject to producer responsibility and for earth construction.

 

Establishment of a Circular Material Library to promote circular economy through product design and new industrial symbiosis. Muovipoli Ltd. and LAMK are responsible for piloting the library.

 

Enhancing of material collection and recycling by encouraging consumers to recycle and by creating a dense collection network. LAMK and Muovipoli Ltd. will implement a plastic collection pilot with a deposit system together with other stakeholders in autumn 2018.

 

Developing the collection, sorting out and refining processes of end-of-life textiles as a part of national cooperation network on textile recycling. In Päijät-Häme, the focus is on optical sorting technology for textile waste and activation of companies to join in the national textile recycling ecosystem.

 

Reduction of carbon footprint caused by earth works by utilizing industrial side streams like fly ash in road construction. The use of side streams is piloted at rural and municipal road structures in Päijät-Häme.

 

Construction and demolition waste

 

Extension of collection pilots for construction and demolition waste fractions. The City of Lahti implements a demolition inspection pilot at two building demolition sites in 2018. The pilot results are used to increase material utilisation of construction and demolition waste.

 

Enhancing the reuse and recycling of building materials by establishing a recycling centre for selling and buying surplus materials. The service is available for both construction companies and private individuals.

 

Procurement

 

Development of public procurement to consider product lifetime environmental impacts and expenses. Procurement guidelines support the purchase of products with long lifespan emphasising reparability, maintenance and re-use possibilities. In addition, the possibilities of shared use of products and replacing products with services are raised into discussion.

 

Promoting the smart use of recycled materials in products and services by including the use of recycled materials as a procurement criteria at Päijät-Häme municipalities.

 

 

Sustainable business from bio circular economy

 

Actions

 

Developing an action plan for bio circular economy in Päijät-Häme. The Regional Council of Päijät-Häme facilitates the action plan, which sets concrete targets for promoting bio circular economy.

 

Increasing the separate collection and composting of biodegradable waste to reach the new EU waste legislation targets. For example, centralised biowaste collection is piloted at single-house residential areas.

 

Closing the nutrient loops through the recycling of nutrients and the reduction of losses at different phases of food production chain. The use of biochar is promoted to improve soil quality and carbon sequestration. The creation of new business models and products for recycled nutrients.

 

Recapturing of nutrients from lake sedimentation and through, for example, increasing the use of low-value fish for food.

 

Reduction of losses in the whole food production and consumption chain by developing a program for a sustainable local food system. The City of Lahti prepares the program together with agriculture and food sector companies and other stakeholders.

 

Support for innovations on, for example, wood-based bio products and bioenergy. Wood-based solutions can decrease the reliance on fossil-based raw materials when, for example, wood fibre solutions are used to replace plastic packaging.

 

Promotion of wood use in construction and wood products for long-term carbon sequestration. Different biological side streams are utilised as fully as possible for new products and solutions. Open databanks on side streams are promoted to boost their use and creation of new business.

 

Towards energy self-sufficiency by sustainable transport and energy solutions

 

Actions

 

Development of agricultural energy ecosystems and decentralised renewable energy solutions in rural areas. Decentralised renewable energy solutions create new business opportunities.

 

Increasing the use of renewable energy sources by Lahti Energy’s new bio heating plant. The plant replaces the old coal powered heating plant and decreases the amount of carbon dioxide emissions. The new bio heating plant will be completed in 2020.

 

Supporting energy efficient solutions and the use of renewable energy sources by building regulations. Solutions can be developed with the help of property-specific piloting. Municipalities coordinate the development in co-operation with local real estate societies and other stakeholders.

 

Transportation

 

Deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure according to EU and national targets. The amount of public electric car charging stations is increased to 40 in Lahti by 2021. The charging points will be built to private housing later on.

 

Increasing the share of walking, cycling and public transportation in urban environment. Car sharing and Personal Carbon Trade become part of transportation. Personal carbon trade is piloted with benefits like cheaper public transport tickets or bicycle maintenance services. MaaS (Mobility as a Service) pilot starts in 2021.

Shared economy generates new consumption models and business opportunities

 

Actions

 

Development of new material and energy efficient accommodation and transportation solutions to everyday life. Services for repairing, renting and recycling products already exist, but collecting them on the same digital platform would make them easier to use.

 

Piloting of repair services was done in 2017-2018 in Lahti and three rural areas in Päijät-Häme. Centralized collection of products and an easy access to services were the main themes of the pilots. The use of repair services will be further supported by improving the visibility of the services and developing them to be more suitable for municipalities and schools.

 

Creating new business opportunities from 3D printing. New 3D printing technology with the use of recycled materials is developed and piloted in Päijät-Häme.

 

Sharing economy

 

Developing sharing economy services like tool libraries at different residential areas. Public rewarding of sharing economy and circular economy pioneers increases visibility.

 

Creating sharing platforms for employers for sharing rooms, products and vehicles. The City of Lahti develops a service for renting and reserving rooms and equipment.

 

Increasing urban farming in Päijät-Häme. Urban farming areas will be established in parks and other green areas. Schools are encouraged to farm, for example, in co-operation with residential care facilities.

Piloting and demonstrating innovative circular economy solutions

 

Actions

 

Promoting the internationally interesting circular economy reference sites like industrial symbiosis at Kujala Waste Centre area. Another noteworthy example of regional cooperation is the Päijät-Häme Grain Cluster, which aims at finding synergies and innovations, and has succeeded in developing industrial symbiosis.

 

Establishment of Lahti Region Circular Economy Centre, a recycling park, to promote circular economy. The centre concentrates especially on the utilisation of land mass, construction waste and industrial side streams. The aim is also to create closed loop facilities at different industries.

 

Strengthening the City of Lahti profile as a city of events by organising events according to the principles of circular economy. In addition, circular economy events, like Environment Week and Lahti Cleantech Venture Day, are organised annually.

 

Communication and Education

 

Promotion of Päijät-Häme region internationally through, for example, research and development projects at Lahti University of Applied Sciences. The City of Lahti also competed for the European Green Capital 2020 Award and was ranked among the top three.

 

Establishment of a circular economy platform for discussion and sharing of information for consumers and companies.

 

Development of circular economy education at all levels. Study modules for higher education are developed nationally with university consortiums and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. Circular economy training packages are also developed for the public sector and companies in the region.

 

Contact

Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Project Manager

Maarit Virtanen
maarit.virtanen@lamk.fi
puh. 044 708 1260

Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd

Director

Tomi Tura
tomi.tura@ladec.fi

Muovipoli Ltd

CEO

Sauli Eerola
sauli.eerola@muovipoli.fi

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ville Uusitalo
ville.uusitalo@lut.fi