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CICAT2025: Circular economy catalysts accelerating the systemic change


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Leena Aarikka-Stenroos, CICAT2025 research consortium leader, presented the systemic change to circular economy and the work of CICAT2025 project at European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy conference. The conference was held in Helsinki 30 September–1 October in connection with Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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CICAT2025: Circular economy catalysts accelerating the systemic change

  1. 1. Circular economy catalysts accelerating the systemic change 1.10.2019 Sustainable Innovation 2019 Conference Leena Aarikka-Stenroos Professor (tenure track) in Tampere University, Hervanta Campus, Industrial management CICAT2025 research consortium leader
  2. 2. Sortingand recovering RECYCLING RefurbishREUSE Sharing Renting From ownership to usership REDUCE 29.10.2019 What is Circular Economy? The shift to the circular economy requires - innovation and technology development - change in behavior - business development - redesigning products, services, and business models…
  3. 3. Why the shift to the Circular Economy is not easy? • The transition to CE and sustainable society is a crosscutting socio- technical transition (Geels & Schot, 2007): • it concerns a wide system and its diverse actors concurrently. • Hence, the sustainability and CE shift creates not only opportunities but also challengesfor business and society • Lower prices of virgin materials compared to recycled ones. • The competition between companies, cities, countries and industries will change • Our norms, behavior and thinking still follow the linear logic 39.10.2019
  4. 4. The Circular Economy transition is progressing in companies and cities 49.10.2019
  5. 5. Advancing the CE transition in business: new CE companies and branches • Neste – Large oil refining company: Producing biofuel from renewable raw materials • Netlet – a start-up in a construction industry ecosystem: Reducing construction waste by gathering surplus materials and selling them in outlet 59.10.2019
  6. 6. Advancing the CE transition in cities • Developing circularity in Finnish cities: From waste management to managing resource flows • Developing circular economy hubs/parks in cities: CIRCHUBS collaboration of six major city regions in Finland • Ekomo (Helsinki metropolitan area), Topinpuisto (Turku), Kolmenkulma & Taraste & Hiedanranta (Tampere area) and Ruskonniitty (Oulu) • Advancing circularity and sustainable use of large volume masses in cities (ash, clay, zero fiber): CIRCVOL collaboration 69.10.2019
  7. 7. Example on city and companies collaborating Eco-industrial park: Managing resource flows and turning them valuable in public-private collaboration 79.10.2019
  8. 8. Learning from the forerunners & Identifying the catalysts that drive the change 89.10.2019
  9. 9. Taking a catalyst approach 99.10.2019 • In order to realize and accelerate the CE shift and systemic change, new understanding on CE drivers needs to be developed. • Thereby, we in the CICAT2025 propose a catalyst approach. • Catalyst is a metaphor, referring to diverse means and mechanisms that enable turning CE technologies and innovation into business and accelerating the CE and sustainability transition in the society.
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  11. 11. Technology Business Organizationand leadership Regulation Sustainable policy Language Visual arts Stakeholder engagement Material and process technology, nutrients, minerals, digitaltechnologies, logistics Business models, commercialization,public procurement, collaboration,financing Strategic management, leadership, change management, innovation culture EU and Finnish law, investments, contract law, regulation Scalability,places and spaces Terminology, framing, discourse Visual arts, visual communication,visual service design Collaboration withand learning from stakeholders Diverse CE Catalysts driving the transition
  12. 12. How to move forward in the CE transition Changing the choice making criteria and behavior Encour aging Educating 129.10.2019 From intentions to true actions Diverse catalysts Technology – enablingmaterialsand digitalsolutions Language – encouraging and clear wording Regulation – enablinglaws and incentives Business – creating economic value Policy – ensuring sustainabilitypolicy Images – that provoke us to change Management – pushing and allowingchange We need to IDENTIFY and KNOW the catalysts We need to USEand ACTUALIZE them as tools
  13. 13. Thank you! Join the CICAT2025 movement, research and actions! 139.10.2019