Nokia, Tehdassaari Square

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Circular Economy Incubator Hub

Nokia, Finland

The Circular Economy Incubator Hub is a revitalisation initiative focused on converting a previously industrialised area on Tehdassaari Island into a collaborative space dedicated to advancing research, development, and innovation across diverse sectors. It will serve as a platform for businesses to collaborate and experiment with their circular economy solutions by sharing byproducts and creating a closed loop system. The project intends to leverage a mobile application to facilitate the establishment and management of resource flows within the circular hub. 

Focus sectors
What do we want to achieve?

  • Repurpose brownfield area into a Circular Hub serving as an incubator for circular startups.  

  • Develop an application to facilitate the circular hub and to facilitate a closed loop of local resource flows. 

What is our circularity impact?

  • Reduced material consumption  - Using the Tehdassaari App, material flow locally (municipality level) can be optimized 

  • Increased share of renewable energy in overall energy demand (city level) - Research has been made on the area, recognizing seven different sources of renewable energy sources 

  • Increased self-sufficiency / self-reliance - Use of integrated technologies to make the area and its businesses self-sufficient with energy, fresh water, and sewage systems.  

  • Increased quantity of materials available for the next cycle - With the Tehdassaari App, businesses at the area can create closed loops with material. 

  • Reduced waste generation - Enhanced recycling together with the manifesto, businesses are forced to develop processes less waste generating. Sharing material flows through the Tehdassaari app, less “waste” is created. 

  • Reduced incineration and landfilling activities and amounts subjected - Through the close loops of the material circle, there is no need of burning or landfilling waste. 

What is our circularity strategy?

Circular strategy 2: Rethink

Make a product use more intensive (e.g. through sharing products, or by putting multi-functional products on the market).

Circular strategy 5: Repair

Repair and maintenance of defective product so it can be used with its original function.

Circular strategy 4: Reuse

Reuse by another consumer of a discarded product which is still in good condition and fulfils its original function.

What are the SDGs for this project?
  • 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infracstructure
  • 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

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