World Circular Economy Forum 2017

This ground-breaking event presents the world’s best circular economy solutions and gathers together the most recognised experts and decision makers in the field. 1,500 key people from more than 100 countries shared ideas in Helsinki, Finland, on 5-7 June 2017, at the first ever World Circular Economy Forum.

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Watch videos from WCEF2017! Here you can see interviews from key speakers and watch the recorded live streams from all the sessions.


Thank you for joining WCEF2017!

Thank you all for the most amazing three days full of energy and inspiration at the first ever World Circular Economy Forum 2017! At WCEF2017 participants shared experiences on the best solutions that allow businesses to gain a competitive advantage, create more value and generate new growth and jobs in societies around the world. We’re excited to have had the world’s top business leaders, policymakers, researchers and innovators at WCEF2017.

We discussed how the circular economy presents new and unprecedented opportunities to create wealth and well-being, as well as how it is the essential engine behind achieving the ambitious UN Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals.

WCEF2017 host country Finland shared it’s own inspirational story as a global leader as we turn the vision of our circular economy road map into reality and deliver concrete benefits across all sectors of business and society.

Future is made today. Let’s make it a good one!

Finland – Leading the way in circular economy


Here you can find reflections and results of the forum. To see the speaker presentations, go to a specific session in the programme. You can also read the IISD report on WCEF2017.


The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 consists of 17 plenary and parallel sessions showcasing circular economy solutions for business, cities and finance. Three days of discussions, networking, workshops, side events and business excursions. See the currently available presentations on the session pages.

Sunday 4 June

17.00- 20.00


Tuesday 6 June


Doors open



Circular Business Leaders




Boulevard Sessions

Economic Research on the Circular Economy
Forest-Based Bioeconomy and Climate Change Mitigation
Transformation to Circular Business Models
Circular by Design – Products in a Circular Economy




Boulevard Sessions

Financing the Circular Economy
Branding Circularity for Consumer Value
Future Technologies for the Circular Economy
Supporting Growth of Circular SMEs




Grand Finale

Moving Beyond WCEF2017


End of WCEF2017


Official WCEF2017 reception by the City of Helsinki

Wednesday 7 June – Side Events


We’re excited to have the world’s top business leaders, policymakers, researchers and innovators speaking at WCEF 2017. See the list of all the speakers.

Day 1

Day 2


Newest new.


A number of side events will be held together with WCEF2017 – check out the list! Side events include site visits and networking activities around a specific topic related to circular economy, for example. Most of the side events take place on Wednesday 7th of June. Side events require separate registration, see the details below. The information is updated continuously.

Monday 5 June

Building Partnerships for Advancing Circular Economy and Eco-innovation Approaches
Organisers: RECPnet, UNIDO and UN Environment
Time: 8.00-11.00
Location: Hotel Crowne Plaza, Helsinki

Tuesday 6 June

Official WCEF2017 reception
Organiser: the City of Helsinki
Time: 18.00-19.30
Location: Helsinki City Hall, Banquet Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13, Helsinki

New_InnoNet Project Matchmaking Event
Organisers: Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas, PNO Consultants, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Time: 17.30-21.00
Location: Finlandia Hall, Room Veranda 4, Mannerheimintie 13e, Helsinki

Night of Circular Solutions
Organisers: Sitra & Helsinki Think Company
Time: 18.00-06/09.00
Location: Helsinki City Centre and Allas sea pool

Wednesday 7 June

3rd EU Circular Economy Parthership Meeting under Urban Agenda
Organiser: EU Circular Economy Partnership secretariat, chaired by the City of Oslo and Ecorys
Location: Ministry of Economic Affairs, Etelä- Esplanadi 4, Helsinki

Rewiring progress – A Next Era seminar
Organisers: The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and the Nordic think tank Demos Helsinki
: 8.00-10.00
Location: Demos Helsinki office, Mechelininkatu 3d, Helsinki, Finland

Circular Economy Showroom – Where circular meets digital
: Deloitte
Time: 8.30-11.30
Location: Finlandia Hall, Veranda 4, Helsinki

New Innovation Ecosystems and Circular Solutions to Boost the Bioeconomy
Organisers: OECD and several other co-organisers
Time: 8.30-17.30
Location: Scandic Park, Mannerheimintie 13e, 00100 Helsinki

Promoting Green Investments: Matchmaking opportunities for SMEs and EU-funded Projects in the Circular Economy
Organisers: EU SWITCH-Asia Network Facility and EASME
Time: 8.30-16.30
Location: Sitra auditorium, Itämerenkatu 11-13, Helsinki

High quality fuels and chemicals from waste and residue materials
Time: 9.00-13.00
Location: Neste Kilpilahti refinery, Porvoo

The H2020 NEW_InnoNet Project Final Conference
: Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas, PNO Consultants, VTT
Time: 9.00-13.00
Location: Kilta Sali, Lapinrinne 1, 00180 Helsinki

Circular Business Models in the Mobile Phone Industry
Organisers: PlanMiljø and the Nordic Council of Ministers
Time: 9.30-16.30
Location: Compass Room, Scandic Grand Marina, Katajanokanlaituri 7, Helsinki

Dissemination of the ‘Mineral Intelligence Capacity Analysis’ (MICA) project
: MICA workpackage (WP) 7 lead: EGS, WP1 lead: GEUS
Time: 9.30-12.00
Location: Vanha Ylioppilastalo (Old Student House, 2nd floor), Mannerheimintie 3, 00100 Helsinki

Energy in Circular Economy
Organiser: Helen LTD
Time: 9.30-12.00
Location: Helen LTD, Kampinkuja 2, Helsinki and site visit to the underground heating and cooling plant

Next-Generation Leadership in the Circular Economy –  How should it look like?
: NELIS Nordics
Time: 12.00-17.30
Location: HUB13, Kaisaniemenkatu 13, 00100 Helsinki

Excursion: Piloting the Future of Bioeconomy
: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Time: 13.00-15.30
Location: VTT Bioruukki Pilot Centre, Ruukinmestarintie 2, 02330 Espoo

Visit to the Circular Economy Village
: Fortum Waste Solutions Oy
Time: 13.00-15.30
Location: Kuulojankatu 1, Riihimäki

Investing in the transition: Disruptions, asset stranding and equity valuation
Time: 13.30-16.00
Location: Sitra, Auditorium, Itämerenkatu 11-13, 00180 Helsinki


WCEF2017 is the place to be and to meet future partners and experts on circular economy.  Explore the circular economy solutions presented at the marketplace, share your ideas and visions on the Opportunities Stage and meet interesting new people at the event.

Marketplace – Explore circular economy solutions

The marketplace at WCEF2017 is an exhibition area where selected organisations and companies around the world bring their circular economy solutions into the spotlight. Check out who is coming to the marketplace and prepare yourself for interesting conversations!

Opportunities Stage – Pitch your idea

If you have an insight or idea to share, bring it to the Opportunities Stage! You can book a time slot for a three-minute speech on the spot, hop on the stage and inspire people. Or just come by to listen and discuss the ideas of tomorrow. Go up to the stage host to book a slot – just look for the Opportunities Stage sign!

The open mic sessions are:
Monday at 13.35-16.25 & 18.00-19.00
Tuesday at 10.35-15.25

Lakeside Chats – Matchmaking at the event

Meet future partners and experts on circular economy at WCEF2017. You can arrange face-to-face meetings with other event participants at the Lakeside Chats area with the help of the Brella Networking Tool, which you can find through the WCEF2017 app or by registering here!


Travel and accommodation

World Circular Economy Forum 2017 takes place at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Finland. Helsinki can easily be reached from anywhere in the world. Several hotels within walking distance of the conference venue offer special conference rates. More information about travel and accommodation and special conference rates in WCEF Event Info.

Finlandia Hall – the eco-friendly venue of WCEF 2017

Finlandia Hall, the venue of World Circular Economy Forum 2017, is a dynamic, multipurpose venue located in the centre of Helsinki. Read more about location and transportation to Finlandia Hall on the website of the venue. Finlandia Hall is one of the most iconic buildings designed by world-renowned Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto.

Finlandia Hall is committed to pursuing ecological responsibility in all its operations. For example solar panels were installed on the roof of the venue in December 2016. Finlandia Hall is among the first event centres in Europe to utilise solar energy for the energy needed in the premises. More information about social responsibility principles at Finlandia Hall.


WCEF2017 press accreditation is closed. For more information, requests for interviews etc., please contact Communications Specialist Sanna Autere.




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