Circular Design Network

Project: Academy of Finland project

Project Details


The climate change, marine plastics and other urgent environmental issues call for rapid responses. In addition to the on-going stepwise development of existing value chains and operations, we need solutions that are circular by design and have the potential to change our mode of operation more rapidly and at the system level. As a first step, we need data and system understanding of the cycles and value. At the moment, circular data is scattered, siloed, in many forms and formats, and it cannot be easily utilized. Aalto, GTK, Luke, SYKE and VTT have started collaboration to understand the practical data needs and gaps at the system level, to develop new ways of collecting and validating data, and new methods to process and refine data into system level understanding and models. We will build a network that comprises the data users, providers, developers and the solution providers and users in selected cases, and together demonstrate circular designs based on system understanding.
Effective start/end date1/12/2031/12/22

Collaborative partners

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


  • circular economy