Nordic bioeconomy development was highlighted in the Finnish-Swedish bioeconomy seminar

The Nordic development in circular bioeconomy was the topic of the large Finnish Swedish bioeconomy seminar on Monday October 25th. Bio-based products such as wood buildings, green chemicals, textiles and packaging are areas where Finland and Sweden hold a strong position. The seminar highlighted the future views of companies and recent academic achievements in these application areas.

The seminar gathered almost 200 participants to hear the interesting keynote speeches and parallel sessions. During the main session funding agencies Business Finland and Vinnova had presentations pointing out the importance of the development and collaboration in this thematic area and highlighting also the European funding opportunities. Professor Orlando Rojas from Canada’s University of British Columbia discussed the important role of circular bioeconomy in both Nordics and North America bringing to light also the differences and synergy points. After Professor Rojas’s presentation Sustainable manager Christina Niemelä Ström from IKEA opened up the company view to the strategic transition through IKEA People & Planet Positive strategy. After the main session the discussion was deepened in the parallel sessions dedicated to textiles, packaging, wood and construction and biorefinery. The aim is to share the presentations with the audience so please follow the News of CLIC’s website.