Circular economy professionals meet at the World Circular Economy Forum

Press release 2017-06-09 at 12:30

The first World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) brought together large numbers of people, organisations and companies with interests in sustainable development and the circular economy at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Finland on 5–7 June 2017. The event, organised by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, was attended by about 1,700 experts and decision-makers from more than 100 countries. The Ministry of the Environment was also present with a stand of its own, showcasing the best Finnish circular economy solutions.

According to the Finnish Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen, this is the right time to bring together different players involved in the circular economy. The circular economy is growing all over the world, and everyone has come to understand how important it is. “The Ministry of the Environment is working hard to develop circular economy solutions. We have launched experimental projects aimed to find safe and efficient ways to capture the nutrients in wastewater and recycle them back into use.”                               

The Ministry’s stand presented several fantastic circular economy solutions. On Monday on display was the Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development, Commitment2050, a textile sorting and reuse chain Telaketju, and Circwaste, which is a sustainable development project of the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE. On Tuesday it was the turn of the Government key project Recycle Nutrients for Clear Waters, Peloton club experimental project concerned with the restoration of contaminated soils, and Sustainable Building and Construction Programme SBC.

Circular economy attracts global attention

The international media circulated lots of news from the conference and the event attracted a great deal of attention and interest. Minister Tiilikainen considers that Finland has now made a breakthrough as a world leader in the circular economy. “There is enormous global interest in the circular economy, which is why we need to work hard to maintain our leading position. The event was a success, and we must continue this work together with the other countries”, Tiilikainen says.

More information:

Senior Environmental Adviser Jarmo Muurman, p. 029 525 0185,