Theme: How can we enable circular innovations to trigger sustainable transformations in the Baltic Sea Region?
About the Event:The Baltic Sea is a hotbed for innovation with a strong tradition of transnational cooperation for a healthy Baltic Sea. At the same time, its rapid growth needs to be reconciled with the challenges of sustainable development.
The nine countries sharing the Baltic Sea have enormous potential to develop a circular Blue Bio-Economy, if the challenges can be transformed into opportunities. To transform the region’s current environmental challenges towards innovation-driven solutions, all policy, financial, social, and scientific parts of the puzzle need to come to place.
The meeting was held on 30th May 2018 in Helsinki, Finland with the aim to co-create solutions for meaningful transformations in the Baltic Sea Region. The event brought together researchers, innovators, investors, civil society and policy makers in the Baltic Sea Region to enable knowledge exchange and learning in relation to systemic innovations for a sustainable Baltic Sea.
10:00 Welcome and registration – Finnish Environment Institute
10:30 Overview of BONUS RETURN: The problem context in the Baltic Sea Region and BONUS RETURN’s innovative approach to ecotechnologies.
Karina Barquet, Project Coordinator, BONUS RETURN.
10:40 Keynote 1: Circularity in the Baltic Sea Region policy context
Euro Region Baltic (ERB); Politician Green Party (MP); South Baltic MC- Swede delegation.
10:50 Keynote 2: The Role of Blue/Sustainable Finance in Circular Economy: what is it and how can we access it?
Marcus Svedberg – Senior advisor, Stockholm Sustainable Finance Centre
11:00 Keynote 3: Local demands for circular solutions in the BSR.
11:10 Keynote 4: Engaging municipalities; practical examples in the BSR.
Marc Klaus – Director, Race For The Baltic
11:20 Panel discussion with keynote speakers: How can we enable circular innovations to trigger sustainable transformations in the Baltic Sea Region?
12:15 Presentations by the three winners in the BONUS RETURN innovation competition
Aquacare: Prashanth Kumar
TerraNova Energy: Erkan Yalcin
Ravita: Laura Rossi
12:30 Lunch and networking