As the EU is stepping up its ambitions towards becoming climate neutral, it is important to learn from the cases that are the forerunners of the green transition. This session will be showcasing initiatives in or close to the Arctic already on the move towards a climate-neutral economy. We will also explore initiatives taken by regional actors across the territory, including regional development agencies, to help Arctic and rural businesses adjust to a circular economy.
To achieve the ambition of a Green Europe, learning from those already succeeding within green, circular industries is crucial. There are many regions in and near the Arctic that have already been focusing on the circular economy for several years. Four different projects and approaches to circular economy and industry will be presented.
The examples will address how future EU policy could contribute to using the potential of the circular economy in industries. The session will close with a panel debate with political representation on what can be learned from those already succeeding.
Linda Stewart, Director, Director of European & International Devt, University of the Highlands & Islands, United Kingdom.
Nils-Olov Lindfors, Chair of the Regional Council, Region Norrbotten/Chair of NSPA, Region Norrbotten/NSPA, Sweden.
David MacLeod, Head of Municipal Services, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, United Kingdom.
Michael Mann, EU Special Envoy for Arctic Matters, European External Action Service (EEAS), Belgium.
Marianne Steinmo, Center manager, Centre for Industrial Business Development, Nord University, Norway.
Pirkko Taskinen, Director, AIF Water Ecosystem Alliance, University of Oulu, Finland.
Mirja Vehkaperä, Member/Chair, European Committee of Regions (COTER, NAT), Chair of the Oulu City Board, Finland.
Emma Wiesner, Public Affairs Manager, Northvolt AB, Sweden.
East and North Finland, North Norway, North Sweden, Scotland Highlands and Islands