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Eco-industrial parks aim for profitable business while making environmental values a high priority. How can we better measure their progress?

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Resource – https://www.sitra.fi/en/events/the-benefits-of-measuring-eco-industrial-parks/

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  •  September 15, 2021 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
  •  Online 

This event focuses on joint international learning and sharing experiences on measuring the industrial circular economy. The session introduces eco-industrial parks and includes an interactive section on how the measurement of eco-industrial parks is developing.

The session is mainly aimed at international practitioners of eco-industrial parks. Moreover, experts with experience in working and developing measurement techniques for eco-industrial parks as well as applied researchers in the field are welcomed to join. The introduction part of the session also gives decision-makers an opportunity to better understand how the industrial circular economy works.

This event is an Accelerator Session at the World Circular Economy Forum 2021.

Organisers

Digipolis – Kemi technology park is Lapland’s largest technology centre and it has been in operation since 1993. Digipolis is home to over 50 companies and organisations and approximately 500 employees. It is also a centre for education: the Lapland University of Applied Sciences and Lappia Vocational College provide education for 1,500 students.

UNIDO, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, is a specialised agency of the United Nations that assists countries in economic and industrial development. It is headquartered at the UN Office in Vienna, Austria, with a permanent presence in over 60 countries.

NISP, the National Industrial Symbiosis Program, builds business-to-business connections that identify opportunities for waste re-purposing and other forms of resource collaboration, creating economic, environmental and social benefits for businesses and surrounding communities.

The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is a future-oriented organisation building a fair and more sustainable tomorrow for all of us. The World Circular Economy Forum WCEF is a global initiative of Sitra and Finland.

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Agenda (subject to change)

15:00 UTC+3IntroductionsJukka Teräs, Norrum Oy
Eco-industrial parks: an introductionTuomas Pussila, Circular Economy Centre/Digipolis
Panel: measuring eco-industrial parksTuomas Pussila, DigipolisTimo Mäkinen, Canadian National Industrial Symbiosis ProgramNani Pajunen, SitraKlaus Tyrkkö, United Nations Industrial Development OrganizationMurat Mirata, University of Linköping
Break
15:55Orientation to interactive workshopNani Pajunen, Sitra
Interactive workshop
ConclusionsJukka Teräs, Norrum OyTuomas Pussila, DigipolisTimo Mäkinen, NISP
17:00Event ends