Study visit to Kalundborg and Helsingborg

date 08.05.2017-09.05.2017 Kalundborg, Denmark and Helsingborg, Sweden

On the 8th and 9th of May, Nordic Council of Minister and collaborating partners organised a road-trip on the topic of bio- and circular economy in regions and countries in the Baltic Sea Region, offering an ambitious program with dialogue sessions and site visits in both Kalundborg and Helsingborg.

Approximately 44 people took part, representing public authorities, business, clusters, research and policy making. The participants came from all the Nordic countries: Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland, as well as Lithuania.

8 May: Kalundborg

During the first part of the day, several local initiatives were presented and discussed.

Jukka Nelli from Nordregio presented case study of industrial symbiosis, highlighting Kalundborg in Denmark, Kemi-Torino in Finland and Svartsengi Iceland, outlining the main drivers and obstacles for the development of industrial symbiosis.

Thomas Winther from Innogate presented a mapping of industrial symbiosis in the Nordic countries and in Lithuania. The mapping as whole can be accessed here. Thomas stressed that there are pockets of best practices many places in the Nordic and the Baltic region. ”We know how to do it! It is about scaling up!”

Per Møller from Symbiosis center Denmark presented regional policy perspectives. “If you think you are an apple and industrial symbiosis is a pear – you do not regard yourself as industrial symbiosis enterprise”.

Lisbeth Randers from Kalundborg Municipality explained the development of industrial symbiosis in Kalundborg; how it started and how it developed. She stressed collaboration, trust and knowledge as the prerequisites of local growth.

Klaus Kjeldal from UniBio and Jes Bo Tobiassen from Novozymes discussed the main drivers for building production facilities in a place like Kalundborg. A well-functioning collaboration between the local authorities and the business sector is very important part of this.

Several key players and speakers emphasized the importance of a holistic picture with the sectors. Per Møller underlined the following about circular economy: “It is a mutual benefit – residual and resource goes both ways, it circulates”.

The second part of the day included a site visit to Kalundborg Forsyning/ Kalundborg Symbiosis.

9 May: Helsingborg

The day started with several site visits: Vera Park, Sustainable Business Hub and Kemira AB, including Scandinavian silver eel.

Christoffer Ohlander from Kemira highlighted the historical perspective of circular economy: “The starting point of industrial symbiosis was to battle hunger, by developing fertilizers and thereby increasing crops in order to feed the starving population”.

The second part of the day was held at the municipality of Helsingborg.

Christian Orsing from Helsingborg municipality presented a case of Helsingborg: city development in a fast growing city.

Jukka Teräs from Nordregio presented cases on Nordic industrial symbiosis and Nordic green growth.

Murat Mirati from Linkoping University held a presentation regarding small and large scale industrial symbiosis cases and stressed the importance of business development strategy both in private and public companies.

Jonas Bergholm from Region Skåne  emphasized the importance of business development within the food and agriculture sector, including the development of strategies within the sectors. Region Skåne has also seen the potential in businesses that re-locate and closes down in order to re-think systems and job-creation.

Anders Landsbo from Helsingborg Municipality presented Helsingborg as “A sustainable city for the future” and showcased the potential of circular symbiosis in city planning.

During the panel discussion, the importance of pooling strengths for big players within the sectors were discussed.