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 was published in 2017 and it is updated annually in cooperation with regional stakeholders. The road map is recognised as a good practice at EU level.

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

Material cycles

 

Digital platforms are created to optimise logistics related to the material recycling of different waste fractions and side streams at industries. For example, LAB University of Applies Sciences is developing digital information management for textile recycling. In addition, LAB and the City of Lahti are promoting the digitalisation and open access to information at city subsidiary companies.

 

Muovipoli Ltd. has established together with The Finnish Plastics Industries Federation a knowledge network for plastic industries, called New Plastics Center. It focuses on promoting biomaterial innovation and product development in Finland, developing new materials and increasing cooperation and networks.

 

Telaketju is a national cooperation network that forwards textile recycling by developing the collection, sorting out and refining processes of end-of-life textiles. LAB University of Applied Sciences develops automatic identification and sorting of textile fibres, as well as categorization of recyclable materials. LAB also works with region’s companies to encourage them to join the Telaketju network.

 

Work is ongoing to reduce the 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 in ARVO-TUHKA project.

 

The material efficiency of region’s SMEs is promoted through developing a new type of Material Efficiency Audit with the national coordinator Motiva. LAB has piloted the audit successfully in a few local industries and is striving to scale up the activities.

 

Higher education institutions are constructing testing and pilot environments at NiemiCampus to boost circular economy. Existing facilities at LAB include a furniture testing laboratory, a washing and recycling line for plastics and an identification and sorting line for textiles. In addition, LAB and LUT University have received funding for a circular economy laboratory consisting of, for instance, pyrolysis and magnetic sorting equipment for handling construction and demolition waste, and a digestion facility.

 

Circular Material Library has been constructed to promote circular economy through product design and new industrial symbiosis. Muovipoli Ltd. and LAB have created the library including both material samples and a digital database.

 

New business is being created through 3D printing in Päijät-Häme. LAB is developing and piloting a new kind of 3D printing technology in digiValmistus project. The technology enables the use of different kinds of recycled materials for printing.

 

The City of Lahti is drafting a circular economy road map and focusing environmental spearheads during the year 2020. Furthermore, Municipal Engineering is drafting its own circular economy road map.

 

Procurement

 

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

 

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

Sustainable business from bio circular economy

Actions

 

Päijät-Häme Regional Council has drafted together with key stakeholders an action plan for bio circular economy in the region. You can read the Päijät-Häme Bio-based Circular Economy Action Plan here.

 

The implementation of Päijät-Häme Bio-based Circular Economy Action Plan has begun through, for instance, Biosykli project. The project focuses on four topics: 1) developing effective biowaste collection, 2) exploiting organic waste as a raw material for biodegradable products, 3) developing the use of biobased plastics, as well as 4) developing carbon dioxide cycles and promoting the use of biogenic carbon dioxide (bioCO2).

 

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

 

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

 

Innovations on, for example, wood-based bio products and bioenergy is supported by research and development activities in the region. For example, a diverse bio village is developed in Heinola region. Innovations include using straw for high value products. Wood-based solutions can decrease the reliance on fossil-based raw materials when, for example, wood fibre solutions are used to replace plastic packaging.

 

The use of wood in construction and wood products supports long-term carbon sequestration. Different biological side streams are utilised as fully as possible for new products and solutions.

Towards energy self-sufficiency by sustainable transport and energy solutions

Actions

 

Päijät-Häme has achieved a Hinku region status in 2019. Hinku network regions and municipalities are committed to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2007 levels by 2030. All Hinku municipalities have signed an Energy Efficiency Agreement for Municipalities. Through the agreement, municipalities are committed to reducing their energy use by 7,5% during 2017–2025 as a part of national program.

 

Päijät-Häme Regional Council is working with municipalities to specify the number of private houses still using oil for heating. The house owners are informed about the possibilities of changing into more sustainable forms of heating and improving energy efficiency.

 

The City of Lahti is examining the options for reducing the energy consumption and GHG emissions of existing residential building stock cost-effectively. The activities are focused on renovations and energy efficiency improvements at Lahden Talot rental houses. The Low carbon solutions for renovation construction of rental and private houses project is a part of wider national CANEMURE (Carbon Neutral Municipalities and Regions) project.

 

International cooperation is ongoing in the region to increase the use of renewable energy and to improve energy efficiency in industries through, for example, RESINDUSTRY and SME-POWER projects.

 

Lahti Energy’s new bioenergy plant Kymijärvi III supports the regional energy transformation by replacing coal with biofuel in district heat production. The city is now heated with recycled fuel and local, certified wood. The transformation reduced Lahti Energy’s carbon dioxide emissions significantly.

 

Agricultural energy ecosystems and decentralised renewable energy solutions are developed in rural areas. Decentralised renewable energy solutions create new business opportunities through, for example, various energy related services.


Transportation

 

Päijät-Häme Regional Council has facilitated a study on the prerequisites and development of sustainable transportation in the region. The study was used for drafting an action plan to promote sustainable transportation, including different types of activities related to both freight and passenger transportation in urban and rural areas.

 

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

 

Increasing the share of walking, cycling and public transportation in urban environment is an important issue. Car sharing and Personal Carbon Trade become part of transportation. Car sharing and carbon trade incentives are in use in 2021-2030. Personal carbon trade is tested as a part of CitiCAP project. Personal carbon trade is piloted with incentives like cheaper public transport tickets or bicycle maintenance services. MaaS (Mobility as a Service) pilot starts in 2021.

 

The City of Lahti promotes sustainable transportation. Lahti pilots the PiggyBaggy car sharing application in spring 2020.

 

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.

Shared economy generates new consumption models and business opportunities

Actions

 

Novel material and energy efficient solutions for living and transportation are developed. For example, flea markets at residential areas or at housing companies, as well as social media market groups have been a raising trend in recent years. These can be further developed and rental storages established at neighborhoods.

 

A resident’s association at Anttilanmäki in Lahti is developing with its partners circular services like renting and a communal village house. LAB University of Applied Sciences coordinates an international CECI project that promotes citizen engagement in circular economy in a broader scale.

 

Sharing services provided by employers is one of the themes promoted in the region. These services will include the shared use of space, equipment and, for example, vehicles. The City of Lahti is developing a digital reservation and rental service for space and equipment.

 

The City of Lahti is planning a city bike system. The aim is to take bikes into use in year 2021.

Piloting and demonstrating innovative circular economy solutions

Actions

 

Lahti is the European Green Capital in 2021. The events organised in Lahti during the year include Ecocity Forum 9-11.9.2020 and Ecotourism Seminar in February 2021.

 

Päijät-Häme has several internationally interesting circular economy sites including, for example, Asko and Kujala regions. Kujala industrial symbiosis between Päijät-Häme Waste Management Ltd., Lahti Aqua Ltd. and Lahti Energy Ltd. among others, has been used as a reference both regionally and internationally. Another example of an industrial symbiosis is the Päijät-Häme Grain Cluster. These and other reference sites should be used and marketed more intensively.

 

The establishment of Lahti Region Circular Economy Centre, a recycling park, to promote circular economy is in process. 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.

Closed loops of technical streams to create added value

Actions

Material cycles

 

Digital platforms are created to optimise logistics related to the material recycling of different waste fractions and side streams at industries. For example, LAB University of Applies Sciences is developing digital information management for textile recycling. In addition, LAB and the City of Lahti are promoting the digitalisation and open access to information at city subsidiary companies.

 

Muovipoli Ltd. has established together with The Finnish Plastics Industries Federation a knowledge network for plastic industries, called New Plastics Center. It focuses on promoting biomaterial innovation and product development in Finland, developing new materials and increasing cooperation and networks.

 

Telaketju is a national cooperation network that forwards textile recycling by developing the collection, sorting out and refining processes of end-of-life textiles. LAB University of Applied Sciences develops automatic identification and sorting of textile fibres, as well as categorization of recyclable materials. LAB also works with region’s companies to encourage them to join the Telaketju network.

 

Work is ongoing to reduce the 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 in ARVO-TUHKA project.

 

The material efficiency of region’s SMEs is promoted through developing a new type of Material Efficiency Audit with the national coordinator Motiva. LAB has piloted the audit successfully in a few local industries and is striving to scale up the activities.

 

Higher education institutions are constructing testing and pilot environments at NiemiCampus to boost circular economy. Existing facilities at LAB include a furniture testing laboratory, a washing and recycling line for plastics and an identification and sorting line for textiles. In addition, LAB and LUT University have received funding for a circular economy laboratory consisting of, for instance, pyrolysis and magnetic sorting equipment for handling construction and demolition waste, and a digestion facility.

 

Circular Material Library has been constructed to promote circular economy through product design and new industrial symbiosis. Muovipoli Ltd. and LAB have created the library including both material samples and a digital database.

 

New business is being created through 3D printing in Päijät-Häme. LAB is developing and piloting a new kind of 3D printing technology in digiValmistus project. The technology enables the use of different kinds of recycled materials for printing.

 

The City of Lahti is drafting a circular economy road map and focusing environmental spearheads during the year 2020. Furthermore, Municipal Engineering is drafting its own circular economy road map.

 

Procurement

 

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

 

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

Sustainable business from bio circular economy

Actions

 

Päijät-Häme Regional Council has drafted together with key stakeholders an action plan for bio circular economy in the region. You can read the Päijät-Häme Bio-based Circular Economy Action Plan here.

 

The implementation of Päijät-Häme Bio-based Circular Economy Action Plan has begun through, for instance, Biosykli project. The project focuses on four topics: 1) developing effective biowaste collection, 2) exploiting organic waste as a raw material for biodegradable products, 3) developing the use of biobased plastics, as well as 4) developing carbon dioxide cycles and promoting the use of biogenic carbon dioxide (bioCO2).

 

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

 

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

 

Innovations on, for example, wood-based bio products and bioenergy is supported by research and development activities in the region. For example, a diverse bio village is developed in Heinola region. Innovations include using straw for high value products. Wood-based solutions can decrease the reliance on fossil-based raw materials when, for example, wood fibre solutions are used to replace plastic packaging.

 

The use of wood in construction and wood products supports long-term carbon sequestration. Different biological side streams are utilised as fully as possible for new products and solutions.

Towards energy self-sufficiency by sustainable transport and energy solutions

Actions

 

Päijät-Häme has achieved a Hinku region status in 2019. Hinku network regions and municipalities are committed to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2007 levels by 2030. All Hinku municipalities have signed an Energy Efficiency Agreement for Municipalities. Through the agreement, municipalities are committed to reducing their energy use by 7,5% during 2017–2025 as a part of national program.

 

Päijät-Häme Regional Council is working with municipalities to specify the number of private houses still using oil for heating. The house owners are informed about the possibilities of changing into more sustainable forms of heating and improving energy efficiency.

 

The City of Lahti is examining the options for reducing the energy consumption and GHG emissions of existing residential building stock cost-effectively. The activities are focused on renovations and energy efficiency improvements at Lahden Talot rental houses. The Low carbon solutions for renovation construction of rental and private houses project is a part of wider national CANEMURE (Carbon Neutral Municipalities and Regions) project.

 

International cooperation is ongoing in the region to increase the use of renewable energy and to improve energy efficiency in industries through, for example, RESINDUSTRY and SME-POWER projects.

 

Lahti Energy’s new bioenergy plant Kymijärvi III supports the regional energy transformation by replacing coal with biofuel in district heat production. The city is now heated with recycled fuel and local, certified wood. The transformation reduced Lahti Energy’s carbon dioxide emissions significantly.

 

Agricultural energy ecosystems and decentralised renewable energy solutions are developed in rural areas. Decentralised renewable energy solutions create new business opportunities through, for example, various energy related services.


Transportation

 

Päijät-Häme Regional Council has facilitated a study on the prerequisites and development of sustainable transportation in the region. The study was used for drafting an action plan to promote sustainable transportation, including different types of activities related to both freight and passenger transportation in urban and rural areas.

 

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

 

Increasing the share of walking, cycling and public transportation in urban environment is an important issue. Car sharing and Personal Carbon Trade become part of transportation. Car sharing and carbon trade incentives are in use in 2021-2030. Personal carbon trade is tested as a part of CitiCAP project. Personal carbon trade is piloted with incentives like cheaper public transport tickets or bicycle maintenance services. MaaS (Mobility as a Service) pilot starts in 2021.

 

The City of Lahti promotes sustainable transportation. Lahti pilots the PiggyBaggy car sharing application in spring 2020.

 

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.

Shared economy generates new consumption models and business opportunities

Actions

 

Novel material and energy efficient solutions for living and transportation are developed. For example, flea markets at residential areas or at housing companies, as well as social media market groups have been a raising trend in recent years. These can be further developed and rental storages established at neighborhoods.

 

A resident’s association at Anttilanmäki in Lahti is developing with its partners circular services like renting and a communal village house. LAB University of Applied Sciences coordinates an international CECI project that promotes citizen engagement in circular economy in a broader scale.

 

Sharing services provided by employers is one of the themes promoted in the region. These services will include the shared use of space, equipment and, for example, vehicles. The City of Lahti is developing a digital reservation and rental service for space and equipment.

 

The City of Lahti is planning a city bike system. The aim is to take bikes into use in year 2021.

Piloting and demonstrating innovative circular economy solutions

Actions

 

Lahti is the European Green Capital in 2021. The events organised in Lahti during the year include Ecocity Forum 9-11.9.2020 and Ecotourism Seminar in February 2021.

 

Päijät-Häme has several internationally interesting circular economy sites including, for example, Asko and Kujala regions. Kujala industrial symbiosis between Päijät-Häme Waste Management Ltd., Lahti Aqua Ltd. and Lahti Energy Ltd. among others, has been used as a reference both regionally and internationally. Another example of an industrial symbiosis is the Päijät-Häme Grain Cluster. These and other reference sites should be used and marketed more intensively.

 

The establishment of Lahti Region Circular Economy Centre, a recycling park, to promote circular economy is in process. 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.

Contact

Päijät-Häme Regional Council, Finland

Regional Development Manager

Juha Hertsi

juha.hertsi(a)paijat-hame.fi