The Helsinki-Uusimaa Circular Valley is a community with municipalities, various organisations, research institutions and experts – together we take Helsinki-Uusimaa and Finland to the international top of circular economy.
Join us in building Helsinki-Uusimaa Circular Valley
We invite everyone interested in circular economy to join us at our project workshops and on our mailing list. On the mailing list we share information on our thematic workshops (for instance on food, construction, plastics and textiles, electricity and electronics), and other ways to make an impact, and also how the projects develop and what results they bring. A sustainable future engages us all!
Circular economy is about utilizing materials efficiently and minimizing waste. It is also a strive for a smaller consumption of untouched natural resources, a shared economy and the development of services. The services should be based on sharing, renting and recycling.
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Circular Valley offers a platform for co-developing circular economy solutions, sharing best practices, networking and supporting the company implementations of circular economy thinking and competence, as well as piloting. Additionally, we take part in international circular economy networks and pilot in an EU Initiative. There are many ways to participate in the work regarding the Valley!
We build a resource-wise and carbon neutral circular economy community in Helsinki-Uusimaa Region; together we can better maintain values not tied to materials and products, also use these sustainably and financially.
Helsinki-Uusimaa as EU pilot
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Circular Valley was chosen as one of the pilot regions for the EU Circular Cities and Regions Initiative. As a CCRI Pilot Region, our regional actors in the field can get tailored guidance from experts in the assessment of developing, implementing and improving action plans, as well as for the identification of significant value chains. The other Finnish pilot region chosen is the Tampere Region, and the other regions participating from our country are Päijät-Häme and Jyväskylä. 12 regions and cities from all over Europe have been chosen as pilots.
Four key areas of circular economy form the basis of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Circular Valley: food, construction, plastics and textiles, along with electricity and electronics. New themes can be brought into the discussion, as we are indeed talking about a learning process.
The aim is to create new forms of business and increase turnovers of companies, help international businesses to grow and to intensify any cooperation with active support. A significant aspect of the Circular Valley is to strengthen the cooperation and competence in circular economy, and to get companies, municipalities and cities to utilize these more effectively.
This shared project of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and CLIC Innovation will be implemented during the years 2022–2024. The total budget is 647,000 euros, and the project is a receiver of our national funding for regional sustainable growth and vitality (AKKE). The development of the Valley begun with a preliminary survey made by Green Net Finland, CLIC Innovation, VTT, HSY and funded by the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council.
Helsinki-Uusimaa Circular Valley at Circular Super Week – Meet international investors and learn scalable solutions
The World Circular Economy Forum brings international circular economy professionals and investors to Helsinki from 29 May to 2 June 2023. The Helsinki-Uusimaa Region and its Circular Valley take part in organizing events during this super week.
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Circular Valley is aiming to take the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region and Finland to the absolute top of circular economy. It was kicked off with a slightly more than 250 participants on 9 February 2023.
The larger cities and towns in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, along with the Regions of Southern Finland want to make an impact on the Article 6 in the suggested EU Nature Restoration Law by sharing their proposals for amendments. In its current wording, the Article would significantly complicate sustainable growth in Finnish cities and towns. It would in fact, on the contrary to its aim, lead to urban sprawl harmful for both nature and climate.
The Regions4Climate project brings together 44 partners from twelve different European regions to demonstrate innovations that enhance societal resilience to the impacts of climate change, in line with the Paris Agreement and the EU Green Deal. The Helsinki-Uusimaa Region is one of the partner regions.
This page was last updated: 23.8.2023