The Local Approach: Interregional Collaboration for a Circular Built Environment

Helsinki, Finland / online | 1st of June 2023

The construction of buildings and infrastructure and the planning of the built environment have a significant influence on the environment and climate. Local initiatives demonstrate the powerful effects of entrepreneurship and proximity in catalyzing grassroots change. At the same time, fostering collaboration between local and regional initiatives can help to increase impact and inspire others. How can local initiatives play a role in the global transition to a circular economy?

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About this acceleration session:

Date and time: Thursday, 1st of June, at 14:00–14:50 EEST / 13:00 – 13:50 CET
Place: Hybrid — Online & in Helsinki at Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, 10th floor.
Organised by: Holland Circular Hotspot & Nordic Circular Hotspot

Holland Circular Hotspot and the Nordic Circular Hotspot are organizing an acceleration session on the circular built environment to explore local solutions and interregional collaboration to promote circularity in the construction sector.

This session targets professionals in the construction and infrastructure industries, policymakers, and sustainability enthusiasts. Learn from real-life examples and engage in an interactive panel discussion on regional and international collaboration, sharing practical insights and ideas for fostering circularity in the built environment.

We will delve into cluster approaches from the Netherlands, Nordics, and Baltics and discuss regional planning opportunities for circular industrial zones.

This event is an Accelerator Session at the World Circular Economy Forum 2023.


14:00 – 14:05  Opening & setting the scene

14:05 – 14:15Business pitches illustrating circular innovation and strategy in practice

  • Excess Material Exchange, Christian van Maaren (NL)
  • Betolar, Ville Voipio (Finland)
  • Greenful, Toomas Allikas (Estonia)

14:15 – 14:30 Local examples from NL, Nordics and/or Baltics
14:30 – 14:45  Q&A 

  • Guido Rink, Representative North Netherlands – Municipality of Emmen
  • Anett Andreassen, Construction Transition Group, Nordics
  • Toomas Allikas, Greenful, Estonia

14:45 – 14:50  Call for networking and closure