Sustainable communities in focus in Groska

Hringiða, Nordic Circular Hubs and Sjávarklasinn organized a seminar with the main Nordic experts in the field of implementing a circular economy in Iceland in Gróska on May 10, which will increase the cooperation between Nordic entrepreneurs, investors and municipalities to promote a more sustainable society.

It is urgent to answer the call for more nature-based solutions to the environmental problem.

Krístín Soffía Jónsdóttir, managing director of Klak - Icelandic Startups, opened the seminar in Gróska's ballroom and those who spoke were experts from Linköping University, EYDE cluster in Norway, Kalundborg Symbiosis in Denmark and the Finnish innovation fund SITRA to name a few. Dagur B. Eggertsson, the mayor of Reykjavík, addressed the guests and said that the decisions that will be made today and next year are the most important in shaping the future.

After the seminar, the entrepreneurial companies in Hringiða presented their activities and met with the Nordic experts. The participants of Hringiða this year are the companies e1, GreenBytes, Álvit, Plogg-In, Ýmir Technologies, Sidewind and Snerpa Power.

"This was an invaluable opportunity for our companies to better connect with the Nordic countries. Iceland is a small market and the climate problem is big. Through more powerful conversation, we increase the momentum towards success.Kolfinna Kristínardóttir, Hringiða project manager.

The Nordic experts who gave a talk in Gróska's festival hall

Murat Mirata is an associate professor at Linköping University, where he teaches the implementation of a circular economy. He has a PhD. in Environmental Management and Policy.

Christophe Pinck and Stine Skagestad are experts in the circular economy at Eyde Cluster in Norway, which specializes in sustainable processing industry in relation to, among other things, aluminium.

Per Møller is the development manager of circulation systems at Kalundborg Symbiosis in Denmark. Per Møller has a Ph.D in biochemistry and has supervised a number of projects related to the circular economy both in Denmark and internationally. 

Magnus Persson is an international project manager at Paper Province in Sweden. Paper Province is a leading business cluster in the forest ecosystem.  

Nani Pajunen is a leading expert in sustainable solutions at SITRA, the Finnish innovation fund. Nani is specialized in industrial transition towards a circular economy focusing on new business opportunities and investor and owner attitudes.