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This side event as part of Nordic Climate Actions Weeks by Nordic Co-operation, will discuss the impact of the circular economy to the existing market economy in its present form. After the introduction of the concept of circular economy only few years ago the concept has gained a lot of attention and momentum. However, sometimes is seems to be dealt with as a quick fix that just needs to be implemented. The internalization of externalities in terms of environmental consequences is still not the new norm and the existing market economy in its present form simply cannot implement circular economy alone.

By adapting a circular economy approach, waste will be reduced, dependence on raw material will be less and production will become more cost efficient. However, it is not as easy as it seems. We need political leadership, proper policy instruments and we need to work together. We welcome you to challenge your Nordic MPs!


Moderator: Tone Bjørndal, Norsk Klimastifelse

14.00 – 14.10    Welcome and presentation of the program

14.10 – 14.40    First round – Circular Economy as a concept and a call for change. Presentations by:

  • Fedra Vanhuyse, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Anders Wijkmann, Chair of the board, Climate-KIC

14.40 – 15.10    Second round – A case: Circular Economy in the construction industry – designing for CE. Presentations by:

  • Daniela Grotenfeldt, Arkitema Stockholm. How to design for circular economy?
  • Anders Vestergaard Jensen, Wood in Construction a NCM project. How can material choice pave the way for the CE in the construction industry?

15.10 – 15.35    Panel discussion and key note listeners