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 re-use of company side streams

– Material collection pilots for the construction and other sectors

– Establishment of a Circular Material Library to promote circular economy through product design and new industrial symbiosis

– Inclusion of circular economy criteria in public procurement to promote long-lasting products

Sustainable business from bio circular economy

Actions

– Closing of nutrient loops through the recycling of nutrients and reduction of losses at different phases

– Support for new R&D innovations on, for example, wood-based bio products and bioenergy

– Promotion of open databanks on biological side streams to boost their utilisation

– Awareness raising on consumer choices through, for example, a material footprint calculator or personal carbon trade

– Reducing food waste

Towards energy self-sufficiency by sustainable transport and energy solutions

Actions

– Promotion of decentralised renewable energy solutions especially at the countryside

– Lahti Energy Kymijärvi III biomass power plant finalised in 2019 supports the regional transition to renewable energy

– Building construction regulations to support energy efficient solutions and the use of renewable energy

– Construction of infrastructure to support the uptake of, for instance, electric and biogas vehicles

Shared economy generates new consumption models and business opportunities

Actions

– Creation and promotion of energy and material efficient solutions for everyday life

– Establishment of a digital platform to create easier access to existing and new circular economy and sharing economy services for consumers

– Support to different existing neighbourhood, hobby etc. based sharing platforms and their expansion through, for example, storage space for renting items

– Piloting of consumer repair services and food solutions as a part of Kiertoliike project by Lahti University of Applied Sciences

Piloting and demonstrating innovative circular economy solutions

Actions

– Development and promotion of internationally interesting reference sites related to, for example, industrial symbiosis around the Kujala Waste Management Centre, and the development of Asko Area and Henna

-Circular economy training and education

Closed loops of technical streams to create added value

Actions

– Creation of digital platforms to optimise logistics related to re-use of company side streams

– Material collection pilots for the construction and other sectors

– Establishment of a Circular Material Library to promote circular economy through product design and new industrial symbiosis

– Inclusion of circular economy criteria in public procurement to promote long-lasting products

Sustainable business from bio circular economy

Actions

– Closing of nutrient loops through the recycling of nutrients and reduction of losses at different phases

– Support for new R&D innovations on, for example, wood-based bio products and bioenergy

– Promotion of open databanks on biological side streams to boost their utilisation

– Awareness raising on consumer choices through, for example, a material footprint calculator or personal carbon trade

– Reducing food waste

Towards energy self-sufficiency by sustainable transport and energy solutions

Actions

– Promotion of decentralised renewable energy solutions especially at the countryside

– Lahti Energy Kymijärvi III biomass power plant finalised in 2019 supports the regional transition to renewable energy

– Building construction regulations to support energy efficient solutions and the use of renewable energy

– Construction of infrastructure to support the uptake of, for instance, electric and biogas vehicles

Shared economy generates new consumption models and business opportunities

Actions

– Creation and promotion of energy and material efficient solutions for everyday life

– Establishment of a digital platform to create easier access to existing and new circular economy and sharing economy services for consumers

– Support to different existing neighbourhood, hobby etc. based sharing platforms and their expansion through, for example, storage space for renting items

– Piloting of consumer repair services and food solutions as a part of Kiertoliike project by Lahti University of Applied Sciences

Piloting and demonstrating innovative circular economy solutions

Actions

– Development and promotion of internationally interesting reference sites related to, for example, industrial symbiosis around the Kujala Waste Management Centre, and the development of Asko Area and Henna

-Circular economy training and education

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