Circular economy and waste management in the Arctic

Invitation circular economy and waste management
10 AM

International seminar on circular economy and waste management related project results in the north

Time: Thursday 26th January 2023

Place: Lapland Hotel, Oulu, Finland


9.30 Registration and coffee

10    Opening of the event    

10.15 Framing Circular Econony and CityLoops as an example

Raimo Lilja, D.Sc. (Tech.) Circular Economy expert, Mikkeli Development Company Miksei Ltd, Finland

11.00 What have we recycled, upcycled and downcycled?

Results of circular economy and waste management related projects of the Arctic cooperation programmes

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Meet your favorites!

Get up-close to different kind of projects from re-using concrete to trash art and waste management in rural villages:

  • WasteLess Karelias: addressing the problem of littering and insufficient waste management facilities in rural villages
  • SUSWAM: sustainable waste management in Karelia and Kainuu
  • GRUDE: collecting, refining and sharing knowledge about green economy and resource efficiency
  • De-Concrete: re-using concrete
  • SYMBIOMA: business possibilities for industries and especially SMEs from circular economy

14.30 Coffee

15.00 Future of the circular economy in the arctic Panel discussion on future needs and opportunities   

Panel moderator:  Raimo Lilja, D.Sc. (Tech.) Circular Economy expert, Mikkeli Development Company Miksei Ltd, Finland
Panelists :

  • Outi Laatikainen, Senior R & D Expert, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences
  • Katri Luoma-aho, Project Manager, BusinessOulu
  • Kalle Pakalén, Project Desk Office, Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme
  • Kairi Pääsuke, Programme Officer, Interreg Aurora 

16.00 Closing words


Kindly sign to the event at by 19th January 2023.

On the previous day, 25th January, a seminar on Forests in the Arctic is organised. More information here.

As a side event Arctic Awards ceremony takes place on 25th January in the evening. More information here.

The Karelia and Kolarctic cross-border cooperation programmes are organising an event bringing together the projects and people interested in circular economy and waste management. The idea is to show what the projects have accomplished as well as to talk about the future needs and opportunities.