15.6.2018

”Circular Economy saves the Globe” seminar

MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen arranged ”Circular Economy saves the Globe” seminar, in which expert presentations by professor Markku Wilenius, director Mari Pantsar, serial entrepeneur and impact VC investor Pasi Vänttinen attracted large audiences and discussantants to restaurant School in Turku.

Sustainable development and circular economy expert Sirpa Pietikäinen kept presentation, in which she raised the importance of concrete actions to improve the use and recycling of limited resources on Earth.

Professor of Future Studies Markku Wilenius covered the topics of challenges, opportunities and needed solutions to taken in action so that we can fit and have resources to use  under only existing one globe. Finnish Innovation Fund circular economy program director Mari Pantsar spoke very clearly and logically about the issues and actions what and how we should act and do to enable the best circular economy in the future. Serial entrepreneur and impact VC investor Pasi Vänttinen focused in his presentation in the money, investment and working together as the key for smarter resource use and recycling in practice.

Member of Finnish Parliament and sustainable development expert Saara-Sofia Sirén emphasized in her final words that we need all of us – public, private and non-profits sector actors along with us as consumers – to work together to enable smarter resources use and recycling in the future.

One of the members in audience and environmental sector expert stated that “rarely one hears directly hour and half so many interesting topics and thoughts with actionable solutions about how our future and life would be safer on the Earth. Member of the audience stated also that all experts presentations and speeches were full of facts and even without the continuous power point presentations.”

Interesting discussions continued after the official part in different smaller groups between the experts and participants, which lasted several hours afterwards. Many participants presented a wish that more of these kind of seminars would be, in which we would have excellent experts providing basis for further, wider and deeper discussions in smaller groups to different aspects of the circular economy in the future.