Finnish road map to a circular economy 2016-2025

The world’s first national road map plots Finland’s route to a circular economy by 2025.



Finland has a real opportunity to create sustainable well-being and a successful carbon-neutral circular economy over the next 5 to 10 years. The world needs pioneering solutions to ensure that economic growth and increased well-being are no longer based on the wasteful use of natural resources. A circular economy maximises the use of materials and retains their value in the loop for as long as possible: rather than offering products, the foundation for earnings will be services and intelligence-based digital solutions.

What do we do?

Finland prepared a national road map to a circular economy under the leadership of Sitra in 2016, the first country in the world to do so. Just like the first road map, the updated version also includes descriptions of the measures of essential importance for the circular economy to which Finnish stakeholders have already committed themselves. There are measures under way in central government, towns and cities, the business world and the everyday lives of Finnish people. The road map lists almost 30 new vital actions adopted by organisations in Finland in addition to a number of suggestions aimed at central government that have yet to be embraced.

Who participates?

Sitra gathered 350 ideas and comments from the stakeholders, organized six events for the stakeholders and interviewed 25 specialists from different sectors for the publication.

Where are we now?

Sitra and many other organisations have started several trials since the publication of the first road map. Sitra was selected as the winner of the public-sector category of The Circulars Awards 2018, held in conjunction with the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Have a look at Finland’s road map to a circular economy 2.0 or the summary and start to play for the circular economy. You can also download the infographic about the cycle of materials.


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