Turning Finland into a country of circular economy: what kind of a process of change should we seek?

Minna Lammi (Corresponding author), Markku Anttonen, Ian Bamford, Maria Antikainen, Mika Naumanen

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Abstract

In recent discussions and policies, circular economy (CE) has been perceived as a promising way to solve environmental problems caused by our current economic system. To become reality CE calls for extensive, systemic changes in the design and production of goods, in consumption patterns, and in the ways in which companies create value. Though the transition characteristics of circular economy are self-evident, thus far few researchers have analysed it from transition theory perspectives. Transition approach could greatly enhance our understanding of processes aiming to achieve CE, including barriers and incentives that might affect them. Finland has often been seen as a forerunner in the change towards CE. We organised four workshops to explore how Finland could promote the change towards CE. In this chapter, we describe and analyse outcomes of the workshops focusing on the looked-for characteristics of a CE transition process in Finland. The findings point to a direction of a purposive transition with coordinated action, shared use of resources and shared creation of knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Design and Manufacturing 2019
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, KES-SDM 19
EditorsRossi Setchi, Peter Ball, Luisa Huaccho Huatuco, Robert J. Howlett
PublisherSpringer
Pages215-228
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-13-9271-9
ISBN (Print)978-981-13-9270-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event6th KES International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, KES-SDM 2019 - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 4 Jun 20195 Jun 2019

Publication series

SeriesSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
Volume155
ISSN2190-3018

Conference

Conference6th KES International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, KES-SDM 2019
CountryHungary
CityBudapest
Period4/06/195/06/19

Keywords

  • Circular economy
  • Sustainability
  • Transition theory

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    Lammi, M., Anttonen, M., Bamford, I., Antikainen, M., & Naumanen, M. (2019). Turning Finland into a country of circular economy: what kind of a process of change should we seek? In R. Setchi, P. Ball, L. Huaccho Huatuco, & R. J. Howlett (Eds.), Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2019 : Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, KES-SDM 19 (pp. 215-228). Springer. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, Vol.. 155 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-9271-9_20