Innovation ecosystem focusing on bringing new, sustainable and bio-based materials and recycling solutions for retail packaging. Partners involve companies, research institutes and universities, SMEs, and industry associations, as well as the Helsinki-Uusimaa region. Close connections with the Ministry of the Environment. Ecosystem management CLIC Innovation Education/knowledge transfer Metropolia UAS Regional government Helsinki-Uusimaa council Companies (all Hub partners) Applied science/research (all Hub partners) International partnerships (S3 partnership on Food packaging) 4Recycling is an open-innovation ecosystem, acting as a supportive knowledge sharing and innovation platform to several cluster programs, large companies, and SMEs, as well as academia, and linkages with international partnerships. Activities include jointly developed RDI roadmaps and activity plans for operational environment and market shaping. Furthermore, RDI projects preparations and funding is supported.
CLIC Innovation is leading the Finnish bioeconomy hub with Metropolia UAS as the partner for training and education and Flanders Food (NL) as the partner for replication.
Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council supports the activities as an associated partner.
Open-innovation ecosystem with jointly created principles and strategy. All Hub partners are involved.
RDI activities that are planned together aim at creating
new business, by exploitation of the research results and innovations. Market shaping plans support faster commercialization.
Key partners need active knowledge sharing and building of multidisciplinary network for joint RDI efforts.
CLUSTERS AND/OR VALUE
The ecosystem is open for organizations interested in finding new business or building new competences in plastics’ recycling and alternative bio-based materials. – packaging materials companies, design companies, packaging manufacturers, food industry, logistics and retail, waste handling/end-of-life services.
Helsinki-Uusimaa region, Finland.
FOR ACTIVITIES/EXPERIMENTS/ACTIONS IN THE HUB
Educational institutes (Universities of applied sciences) Industry associations (The Finnish Packaging Association, Finnish Plastics Industries Federation) Research institutes (Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finnish Environment Institute, VTT and more)
GOOD PRACTICES, RESOURCES, CAPABILITIES AND TOOLS
AVAILABLE IN THE HUB
CLIC Innovation Ltd has developed a set of Playbook ecosystem management tools.
KEY POLICY DRIVERS
Activities are in line with the Finnish national bioeconomy strategy and aim to enhance the development of high-value added sustainable fiber-based products. Also, the Plastics Roadmap for Finland, Reduce and Refuse,
Recycle and Replace – promotes circular economy of plastics, and is in line with the hub goals. Additionally, the Uusimaa regional strategies support circular economy plan
ACTIONS ORIENTED AND PARTICIPATORY AND ENGAGEMENT METHODS IN USE/TO BE USED
Co-creation processes, RDI and operational environment shaping.
BUSINESS AND SUSTAINABILITY ASPECTS OF THE HUB
Hub has created RDI roadmaps with sustainability goals and business opportunities for novel sustainable solutions.