Well represented by sustainability-oriented actors with great love for Oslo, the gathering sought to develop ideas for solutions to a concrete societal challenge: more circular processes connected to electrical consumer and household products. In smaller groups, we worked on developing solutions from different persepctives in the value cycle (yes, that’s what it’s called when we’re talking circular!). Present at the event was over fifty different stakeholders, including Oslo kommunes secretary to the Deputy Mayor of City Development, Civita, Cicero, Telia, SINTEF, Schneider, Miljøagentene, BI Norwegian Business School, University of Oslo, OsloMet, Norsk Metallteknisk Forening and many more.
High standard of living, rapid technological development and shorter life time cycles for products are pushing the electric and electronic waste (EE- waste) forward as one of the fastest growing waste streams in Norway. In the EU, it’s expected that there will be more than 12 million tonn EE-waste by 2020, and we can only assume that Norway will follow the same developent as the EU. Circular Societies Arena has created an alliance and cooperation with RENAAS, Circular Norway and EFO to solve challenges connected to electrical and electronic devices and products in peoples homes.
There are many challenges to solve, including, but not limited to: trust, technology, and new business opportunities. A large chunk of the electronics we surround ourselves with contain private data, such as: pictures, passwords, and usernames. What if this information could be reached and subsequently used by strangers? And do people know that ourphones and tablets are made with rare metals that might not me the sexiest commodity in the world, yet critical in securing our digital future?
Prepping the group to think about startups & scaleups, Oslo Business Region took part in the session on entrepreneurship. Our challenge was:
“How do we stimulate new business development in the Oslo region (startups, scaleups, entrepreneurs) to contribute more in the transition to the circular economy?”
Lively discussion & different perspectives brought up several suggestions, here are some of our proposed actions:
Other challenges covered during the circular societies arena session:
Want to learn about the suggested solutions to these circular challenges? You can find them here.
Click here to watch a video explaining what the action tank Circular Cities Arena is all about.
Just want to know whats the deal with circular economy and understand the basics? Read more on the site of newly launched Circular Norway.
We here at Oslo Business Region will follow up on how we can set these solutions into life in further meetings with RENAS, Circular Norway, Polyteknisk Forening and other partners that contributed and participated in this session. Why? Because Oslo is going circular. 💚