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Towards the circular economy

The circular economy is about to replace the linear economic system that is based on consuming materials and discarding them after use. The circular economy involves a reduction in the consumption of virgin raw-materials and environmental impacts. Another aim is to generate positive economic impacts.

The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) promotes and assesses the sustainability of the circular economy and studies the opportunities, challenges and steering methods related to the transition to such an economy. We support the development and implementation of new solutions for the circular economy. These solutions promote the generation of new markets and sustainable production and consumption.

We study the sustainable and safe use of products and services throughout their life cycle. We explore the possibilities of the circular economy in various economic sectors.

SYKE participates in wide-ranging cooperation to promote the circular economy in society. We participate in numerous national and international research projects and cooperation networks.

”The transition to the sustainable circular economy is an opportunity for agile actors.”

-Riina Antikainen, Coordinator of the Programme for Sustainable Circular Economy

Focal points:

  • Research, development and innovation activities that promote the sustainability of the circular economy
  • Identification of connections between the circular economy and other sustainability objectives and the reduction of their negative impacts
  • Development of steering methods for the circular economy, such as expert work, assessment and indicators related to major regulatory reforms
  • Circular economy solutions and trials that involve plastics and textiles, water and agricultural nutrients, the management of harmful substances, industrial processes, and business models
  • Seeking new business opportunities, enhancing the responsible role of consumers, and solution-focused work to resolve social challenges

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Riina Antikainen, Coordinator of the Programme for Sustainable Circular Economy

Press releases

  • The headquarters of the Finnish Environment Institute is moving to the Viikki campus 2018-11-09
    The headquarters of the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is moving on 19th November 2018 from the Töölö borough of Helsinki to the University of Helsinki’s Viikki campus (street address: Latokartanonkaari 11). SYKE’s new base at Viikki is a truly modern working environment, where care and attention has been paid to environmentally sustainable solutions.
  • Finnish ceramic artists visualise land contamination in Venice research pavilion 2018-10-25
    Working with Soil, an artistic research project at Aalto University's Department of Design, has been selected as one of the projects for Research Pavilion #3 in Venice. The University of the Arts Helsinki together with its international partners will create a research pavilion in connection with the Venice Biennale between May and August 2019.
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Published 2018-01-02 at 9:59, updated 2019-03-25 at 17:07
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