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Conference on Circular Economy

New Opportunities for Value Creation Through Innovation and Research

May 10-11 2017,  Scandic Meyergården Mo i Rana 

May 10 2017

Part 1 – Creating a Vision for a Circular Future

09:30 Registration opens


10:00-10:15 Introduction Day 1
Jasper Steinhausen
10:15-10:40 SINTEF in the Circular Economy
Alexandra Bech Gjørv, CEO at SINTEF
10:40-11:10 What is Circular Economy?
Nick Jeffries, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
11:10-11:40 Preserving Value by Managing Stocks – the Essence of the Circular Economy
Dr. Walter R. Stahel, the Product-Life Institute Geneva
11:40-12:00 Plenary Discussion Part 1
Jasper Steinhausen
12:00-13:00 Lunch


Part 2 – Learning from the Biological Sphere

13:00-13:20 Circular Economy in the Food and Waste Chain
Hilke Bos-Brouwers, Wageningen University & Research
13:20-13:40 Biokraft Skogn – Biogas and Use of By-products
Johannes Fjell Hojem, Biokraft
13:40-14:00 Total Utilization of Raw Materials in Food Supply Chains
Maitri Thakur, SINTEF Ocean
14:00-14:20 Plenary Discussion Part 2
Jasper Steinhausen
14:20-14:40 Coffee Break


Part 3 – Successful Examples of Circular Economy in Technological Cycles

14:40-15:00 EIT Raw Materials and Circular Economy
Ignacio Calleja, EIT Raw Materials
15:00-15:20 Circular Economy From a Metalurgic Perspective
Anne Kvithyld, SINTEF Material and Chemistry
15:20-15:40 What Goes Around, Comes Around
Johan Söderqvist, Celsa Nordic
15:40-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-16:20 Circular Economy in the Building Sector
Owen Zachariasse, Delta Development
16:20-16:45 Plenary Discussion Part 3 and
End of Conference Day 1
Jasper Steinhausen
19:00- Conference dinner at Scandic Meyergården


May 11 2017

Part 4 – Industrial Symbiosis, Waste and By-products

09:00-09:10 Introduction Day 2
Jasper Steinhausen
09:10-09:30 How Companies in Mo Have Succeeded Through Use of By-products
Jan Gabor, Mo Industripark
09:30-09:50 Regional Successful Case Studies
Anna Berlina, Nordregio
09:50-10:10 From Waste to Value: Case Studies
Christine Tørklep, Norsk Gjenvinning
10:10-10:30 Circular Economy in Practice
Stig Ervik, Norsirk
10:30-10:50 Coffee Break
10:50-11:10 Circular Economy - With Aluminium as a Front-runner
Christine Frogner Brath, Norsk Hydro
11:10-11:30 Plenary Discussion Part 4
Jasper Steinhausen


Part 5 – Funding Conditions and the Role of Government

11:30-11:50 Business Opportunities in the Circular Economy
Inger Teigstad, Innovation Norway
11:50-12:10 National and International Funding Opportunities
Gro Marthinsen, the Research Council of Norway
12:10-13:10 Lunch
13:10-13:30 Enova as Partner for a Viable Circular Future
Oskar Gärdeman, Enova
13:30-13:50 Circular Economy from the Regulatory Perspective
Lars Andreas Lunde, Ministry of Climate and Environment
13:50-14:10 Plenary Discussion Part 5
and End of Conference
Jasper Steinhausen


Part 6 – Excursion

14:30 Roundtrip Mo Industripark
16:00 End of Roundtrip
The companies in Mo Industrial Park has utilised principles of industrial symbiosis and circular economy for decades. Use of by-products, excess energy and process gas is performed on a large scale, ensuring efficient use of resources and providing clear examples on how to turn waste into value. The guided tour in the industrial park will highlight these outstanding examples.


Guided tours (optional)

Thursday and Friday
  • Visit Grønligrotta, the largest marble cave in Northern Europe and the only with lighting.
    Price approx. 170 NOK
  • Mo i Rana Guided tour. Price approx. 170 NOK.

  • Guided tour to AS Norsk Jernverk, including the history of the company and a visit to the new companies at the venue.

The guided tours are optional, organised by Polar Tours. Please contact for individual booking. Refer to the Conference on Circular Economy.