Circular Economy

Since the industrial revolution, economies have developed a ‘take-make-consume and dispose’ pattern of growth — a linear model based on the assumption that resources are abundant, available, easy to source and cheap to dispose of. It is increasingly being understood that this threatens the competitiveness of Europe. Circular material use can minimise waste and resource extraction, improve resource efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to conserving biodiversity. However, according to the last EEA report, circular economy initiatives in Europe are still at an early stage and would benefit from more investments in upscaling promising innovations and in monitoring progress towards circularity.

Circular economy systems keep the added value in products for as long as possible and eliminate waste. They keep resources within the economy when a product has reached the end of its life, so that they can be productively used again and again and hence create further value. Transition to a more circular economy requires changes throughout value chains, from product design to new business and market models, from new ways of turning waste into a resource to new modes of consumer behaviour.


  • Promote the circular economy transition by sharing expertise between members.
  • Encourage the use of biogas and support the regions on the design and implementations of the plans.

Working Group Chair

FEDARENE’s Circular Economy Working Group is chaired by our Vice-President Rolf Nyholm.

“FEDARENE brings to light local and regional initiatives that have a positive effect on our climate and environment, allowing other European cities and regions to replicate their findings. In Central Finland, we are working hard to implement circular economy principles into our existing economical activity, and the visibility brought by FEDARENE really help us showcase this to the rest of Europe.”

Rolf Nyhom, Vice-President for Circular Economy

EU Projects & Initiatives

BiogasAction aims at promoting the production of sustainable biogas throughout the EU, especially by exchanging best practice, creating new business models, and increasing investments in biogas production.

Biogas Regions aims to promote biogas production and its market development through local and regional partnerships.

Biomethane Regions seeks to stimulate the market in ways that are appropriate to the current state of development of anaerobic digestion, biogas and bio-methane in the regions concerned.

Webinar Series

In 2020, FEDARENE initiated a series of Circular Economy Webinars, in partnership with the Regional Council of Central Finland. The objective is to inform the audience so they can become frontrunners in Europe’s transition towards a more competitive and sustainable system.

These seminars touch upon the many different aspects of circular economy, from biogas production to public procurement, waste management and recycling. You will get inspired by local and regional initiatives and hear from renowned experts and EU representatives. 

3 Webinars are planned:

Discover the agenda & register to the second Circular Economy Webinar (10 December 2020)

Best practices