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Towards the circular economy

The circular economy is about to replace the linear economic system that is based on consuming materials and discarding them after use. The circular economy involves a reduction in the consumption of virgin raw-materials and environmental impacts. Another aim is to generate positive economic impacts.

The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) promotes and assesses the sustainability of the circular economy and studies the opportunities, challenges and steering methods related to the transition to such an economy. We support the development and implementation of new solutions for the circular economy. These solutions promote the generation of new markets and sustainable production and consumption.

We study the sustainable and safe use of products and services throughout their life cycle. We explore the possibilities of the circular economy in various economic sectors.

SYKE participates in wide-ranging cooperation to promote the circular economy in society. We participate in numerous national and international research projects and cooperation networks and provide information on circular economy by producing content such as the Circwaste - Finland towards circular economy website.

”The transition to the sustainable circular economy is an opportunity for agile actors.”

-Riina Antikainen, Coordinator of the Programme for Sustainable Circular Economy

Focal points:

  • Research, development and innovation activities that promote the sustainability of the circular economy
  • Identification of connections between the circular economy and other sustainability objectives and the reduction of their negative impacts
  • Development of steering methods for the circular economy, such as expert work, assessment and indicators related to major regulatory reforms
  • Circular economy solutions and trials that involve plastics and textiles, water and agricultural nutrients, the management of harmful substances, industrial processes, and business models
  • Seeking new business opportunities, enhancing the responsible role of consumers, and solution-focused work to resolve social challenges

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Riina Antikainen, Coordinator of the Programme for Sustainable Circular Economy

Press releases

SYKE Policy Brief: Quantitative goals need to be set for reducing use of raw materials

A circular economy makes it possible to significantly reduce the consumption of raw materials. The advancement of a circular economy requires ambitious quantitative goals for the reduction of the use of raw materials, according to the SYKE Policy Brief that was made public today. The Policy Brief will be distributed at the European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy conference in Helsinki 30 September–1 October 2019.
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Published 2018-01-02 at 9:59, updated 2019-07-31 at 13:33
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