BSR Stars S3 – Smart specialisation through cross-sectoral Bio-, Circular- and Digital ecosystems
Study visit on industrial symbiosis in Kalundborg and Helsingborg, 8-9 May 2017
A study visit on Industrial Symbiosis including business and municipal perspectives was organised to Kalundborg in Denmark and Helsingborg in Sweden. 30 circular economy experts from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Lithuania and Denmark took part in the visit. The event was organised by the Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordregio and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.
Industrial Symbiosis is about providing opportunities for companies to reduce costs of production inputs and/or increase value of outputs through exploitation of side streams. Kalundborg Industrial Symbiosis is a well-known example of sustained symbiosis development. in Kalundborg about 20 companies participate in the cycle of buying and selling waste products. The residual products circulated and traded include steam, dust, gases, heat, slurry or other waste products that can be physically transported from one enterprise to another.
The Helsingborg Industrial Symbiosis Network is built on waste synergies, heat and cooling synergies as well as biogas and biofertilizer synergies.
Symbiosis Center Denmark employs 20 people and provides assistance for companies and public sector to develop symbiosis partnerships in Denmark on a continual basis.
Nordregio has made several publications on industrial symbiosis cases in Nordic Countries.
Tampere bio- and circular economy matchmaking event gathered 100 participants on 7 April 2017 – Presentations and groupwork results available
The event gathered around 100 bio- and circular researchers, companies and public sector representatives from Finland to facilitate new cooperation. The matchmaking event was based on concrete challenges that were selected through open call. The marketplace of the event included representation of Eco3 circular economy industrial park, Hiedanranta urban district, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Tampere University of Technology, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Turku Smart Chemistry Park, BSR Stars S3 and SCREEN projects.
The results of the thematic groupworks are available below (in Finnish).
- Solutions for textile circulation and related business opportunities
- Remanufacturing and new business models
- Nutrient cycle and logistics
- Wooden buildings and related sustainable solutions
- Facilitating value added of biomass
- Digitalisation facilitating circular economy
Presentations of the matchmaking event (in Finnish): National Roadmap to Circular Economy: implementation, Mr Kari Herlevi, Project Director, Sitra BSR Stars S3 project, Ms Johanna Leino, Development Director, the Baltic Institute of Finland Business view, Mr Tero Joronen, Plant Solutions Manager, Valmet/TUT Industry Professor Research view, Ms Marika Kokko, Associated Professor (tenure track), Tampere University of Technology The matchmaking event was organized in cooperation by the Baltic Institute of Finland, Council of Tampere Region and Tampere University of Technology as part of the BSR Stars S3 project. Programme
Workshop: Sharing Test and Demonstration Infrastructures, Tampere, 6 April 2017
The workshop brought together policymakers, practitioners of testbeds and business representatives and discussed opportunities for sharing transnationally the testbed infrastructures for SMEs from different countries. Countries and regions in the Baltic Sea Region have complementary testbed excellence – and thus by networking these excellence areas there is opportunity for offering SMEs specialised testbed services that in the best way suit their innovation needs. Workshop programme. Nordic Council of Ministers mapping on bio- and circular economy test and demonstration infrastructures: Bioeconomy test and demonstration infrastructures in the BSR Stars S3 partner regions Report and conclusions from the 6th of April workshop: Report from Tampere workshop
Article: “Bio- and circular economy to boost sustainable economic growth of the Baltic Sea region”
Smart specialization accelerator workshop on bio-and circular economy challenges in Vilnius, 28-29 March 2017
The workshop was targeted at the regional partners (Tampere, Skåne, Sor-Trondelag and Vilnius) of the BSR Stars S3 project. The workshop compared and exchanged experiences on smart specialization (S3) approaches in different regions. The workshop also demonstrated the methods to elaborate solutions to regional bio- and circular economy challenges. Concrete bio/circular challenges were used as a case in the workshop. Programme of the event
Workshop: innovation ecosystem indicators and innovation process management tool in Malmö, 6 March 2017
The workshop discussed and exchanged experiences on new ecosystem based approaches to regional innovation management as well as relevant indicators that would efficiently help identifying and analysing the innovation processes in the region. This workshop supported Tampere region in its plans to elaborate a demo of an online tool that will be piloted in the BSR Stars S3 project, and later disseminated to other involved partner regions. The tool will e.g. help identify actors within a certain field of economy (the pilot will focus on bio- and circular economy), as well as analyse and make conclusions on interaction between the actors. Regions of Tampere, Skåne, Sor-Trondelag and Vilnius participated in the workshop.
Bio- and circular workshop was organised at the Annual Forum of EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in Stockholm, 8 Nov. 2016
BSR Stars S3 project organised a workshop “Fostering innovation and growth in the bioeconomy through smart specialization” at the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR in Stockholm on 8-9 November 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. The Forum was a major networking event with a thematic focus on the future and vision of the Baltic Sea region for 2030. Over 1000 participants from Baltic Sea Region countries have registered to the Forum. The bioeconomy workshop included a panel discussion on successful approaches in implementing bio- and circular economy efforts represented by cases from Finland, Sweden and Denmark: Paper Province (Sweden), Kalundborg Industial Symbiosis (Denmark) and Tampere Eco-Industrial Park Industrial Symbiosis (Finland). The workshop addressed opportunities for cooperation aimed at sharing knowledge and infrastructures for bio- and circular economy business and innovation support.
- The Baltic Institute of Finland (Lead Partner)
- Council of Tampere Region (FI)
- Nordic Council of Ministers (DK)
- Baltic Development Forum (DK)
- Business Link Greater Copenhagen (DK)
- Nordregio (SE)
- The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (SE)
- Region Skåne (SE)
- MITA – Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (LT)
- Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (LT)
- Lithuanian Innovation Centre (LT)
- Sor-Trondelag County Authority (NO)
Contact person at the Baltic Institute of Finland
Development Director Johanna Leino
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