The founders of the Circular Economy Centre are Digipolis, the town of Kemi and Lapland University of Applied Sciences. Our key operators also include Lappia Vocational College. The Circular Economy Centre was established in partnership with the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra in 2017.
Digipolis is a technology park located in Kemi, Finland, and is the home of the Circular Economy Centre. Digipolis offers a diverse range of services for business and industry from expert advice to business premises.
We have a common goal with the Town of Kemi: the town is investing in a greener and more sustainable future. It is the second town in Finland to obtain the ISO 14001: 2015 certification for its environmental management system.
We work in close cooperation with Lapland University of Applied Sciences and Lappia Vocational College to enhance know-how in the circular economy. Companies benefit from the partnership, because it allows for the implementation of more energy- and material-efficient practices in their business operations.
Lappia Vocational College is maintained and Lappia-Koulutus Oy is owned by the Kemi-Tornionlaakso Joint Municipal Board for Education. Lappia has facilities in Kemi, Tervola, Muonio, Rovaniemi and Tornio. Building projects using massive wood CLT serve as an example of successful cooperation with Lappia.
The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is a future fund established by the Finnish Parliament. Sitra’s goal is to work towards a Finland that succeeds in building a fair, sustainable and inspiring future, where people fare well within the limits of the carrying capacity of the earth. The circular economy is one of Sitra’s spearhead focus areas.
The Circular Economy Centre heads a nationwide network of eco-industrial parks, which offers an outlook on the entire circular economy in Finland for companies and authorities. The network consists of regional pioneers in the circular economy from a variety of eco-industrial parks. The objective of the network is to exchange best practices and monitor the development of the circular economy in Finland and abroad.
Read more about the network of eco-industrial parks
The Finnish Industrial Symbiosis System (FISS) is an operating model based on cooperation. The objective of FISS is to help companies and other operators improve their mutual use of resources and to create new business.
Motiva Oy coordinates the FISS model in Finland and is developing a network of regional operators by matching resource suppliers and users in the field. Regional FISS coordinators give advice on the use of the Materials Market and answer any questions related to the service. Motiva Oy also promotes symbioses together with companies and other operators.
Materials Market is part of these industrial symbioses. The Materials Market is where supply meets demand: it is a tool for suppliers to advertise their materials and services and end-users to find the resources they need.
Read more about FISS and check the contact details of regional coordinators: www.teollisetsymbioosit.fi
The authorities play an important role in the materialisation of a circular economy. Close cooperation with various authorities enables us to recognise and resolve a number of legal problems and challenges in order to promote business in a circular economy.
= Logot ja linkit: Regional Council of Lapland, Lapland Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Ministry of the Environment