Symbiosis in a circular economy: exploring solutions for improved water and nutrient governance

Symbiosis in a circular economy: exploring solutions for improved water and nutrient governance

  • Date & Time:
    • May 16, 2019
    • 08:30 to 17:00
  • Venue:
    • Gdansk, Poland

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover” summarizes the idea behind the circular economy. Symbiosis–collaboration between companies or sectors where waste or waste by-products becomes a resource for something else, is key to enabling business models that allow a shift towards a circular economy. Despite technical and institutional progress towards circularity, knowledge, market and policy gaps remain.

Welcome to this Regional Exchange and Learning event hosted by BONUS RETURN. This workshop will address some of the challenges experienced in establishing agricultural and industrial symbiosis that will enable upscaling of circular solutions in the Baltic Sea Region. The workshop aims to facilitate exchange between the project’s partners and local stakeholders as well as a broader network of industry, government, private sector, universities, etc, in the Baltic Sea Region.


08:30           Registration and mingle

08:45           Opening, Moderator–Sirkka Tattari, SYKE

09:00           Welcome remarks–Tomasz Okruszko, WULS

09:15            About BONUS RETURN–Karina Barquet, SEI

09:30           Keynote 1–Ludwig Hermann, European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform

09:50            Workshop Instructions–Brenda Ochola, SEI

10:00            Coffee break

10:30            Parallel Breakout Sessions 1

12:00            Lunch

13:15             Keynote 2–Paula Land, ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability

13:35             Discussion Panel with Innovators–facilitated by David Nilsson, KTH (Sweden)

Aquacare – Prashanth Suresh Kumar (Netherlands)

RagnSells and EasyMining – Pär Lärshans &Yariv Cohen (Sweden)

Kalundborg Symbiosis Center – David Marhauer-Nimb (Denmark)

Advanced Aerobic Technology – Anna Calo (Sweden)

Agroecological Symbiosis – Kari Koppelmäki (Finland)

14:30             Coffee break

14:45             Parallel Breakout Sessions 2

16:00             Presentation of results from parallel sessions in plenary

16:45             Closing remarks–Olle Olsson, SEI

19:00            Dinner


All four sessions below will run parallel in groups of 8 to 10 people per session, with one slot in the morning, and another in the afternoon as indicated in the programme. Please select your two most preferred sessions in the registration link provided below. If you for some reason do not register for a session, you will be randomly placed.

Session 1 – Public procurement for circular innovations

Public procurement constitutes a major share of public spending and is increasingly recognized as an untapped potential for driving a transition towards a circular economy. Countries like Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands have new national policies in place to support circular procurement, and successful experiences are starting to emerge in the Baltic Sea Region. But challenges remain for putting circular procurement in practice in the agriculture and waste water sectors. This session will focus on discussing how cities and municipalities can use public procurement to enhance the uptake of circular innovations, thereby supporting a transition to a circular economy.

Session 2 – Testbeds: infrastructure, finance and setup

Test and demonstration environments, referred to as testbeds, allow for cheap, fast and small- scale testing of innovative approaches. As goods and services are developed at a more rapid pace and become increasingly complex, testbeds are important for the public and private sectors alike. Testbeds for circular solutions require adequate infrastructure as well as innovative business models and new partnerships. This session will focus on discussing testbeds and associated arrangements for circular solutions in nutrient and water management.

Session 3 – Payment and other schemes for nutrient and carbon recycling

In the face of challenges related to nutrient emissions, soil degradation, and climate change, there is a growing need for ‘win-win’ approaches that reverse CO2 emissions, manage nutrients and water sustainably, and provide benefits for farmers. This session will focus on discussing carbon farming and other payment schemes that aim at multiple benefits: recycling nutrients, reversing CO2 emissions, enhancing productivity and building resilience against the effects of climate change.

Session 4: Requirements for market uptake of recycled fertilizer products

Recovery and recycling of nutrients from agricultural, industrial and urban waste has been strongly promoted in EU circular economy policies. Despite this, the use of recycled products as agricultural fertilizers is still limited. There have been concerns about high costs compared to traditional mineral fertilizers, contaminants, or consumer perception related to food safety. This session will focus on discussing the perceptions, requirements and choices of end-users to enable market uptake of recycled fertilizer products.

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2019-5-16 08:30 2019-5-16 17:00 Europe/Amsterdam Symbiosis in a circular economy: exploring solutions for improved water and nutrient governance Gdansk, Poland
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