The Local Approach: Interregional Collaboration for a Circular Plastics Value Chain

Helsinki, Finland / online | 1st of June 2023

Local initiatives exemplify the power of entrepreneurship and grassroots action in expediting the shift toward closed-loop plastics value chains. How can we leverage the potential of local circular plastics initiatives in driving the worldwide transition to a circular economy?

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About this acceleration session:

Date and time: Thursday, 1st of June, at 15:00–15:50 EEST / 14:00 – 14:50 CET
Place: Hybrid — Online & in Helsinki at Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, 10th floor.
Organised by: Holland Circular Hotspot & Nordic Circular Hotspot

Join this session to explore local solutions and interregional collaboration in the plastics sector, aimed at professionals in the plastics industry, policymakers and sustainability enthusiasts. We’ll examine cluster approaches from the Netherlands, Nordics and Baltics, showcasing best practices and innovations for a circular plastics value chain.

Engage in a dynamic panel discussion on fostering interregional collaboration and driving innovations in circular plastics. Don’t miss the opportunity to network, share insights and contribute to the global transition towards a circular plastics economy.

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


15:00 – 15:05  Opening & setting the scene

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

  • Uppact, Jan Jaap Folmer (NL)
  • Wavin, David Jirout (Sweden)
  • Lifestyle & Design, Betina Simonsen (Denmark)

15:15 – 15:30 Highlighting best practices in collaboration for a circular plastics value chain

  • Chemelot Circular Hub – Björn Koopmans (Netherlands)
  • Uusimaa Circular Valley – Simo Karetie (Finland)

15:30 – 15:45 Panel conversation: How can regional cluster approaches and local action contribute to a global circular plastics value chain?

  • Arnoud Passenier, NL Ministry for the Environment
  • Solveig Irgens, Virke
  • Heleen van Wijk, Chemport Europe

15:45 – 15:50 Call for networking and closure.