Sustainability Transition Conference: Circular business models offer ways to boost green transition

The presentations of the conference showed that people are ready for even the biggest changes to promote sustainable development, but we need even more business models and technological innovations that support change and promote the circular economy.

Savonia University of Applied Sciences, in a side-event of the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF), organized a conference on Business models, Innovations, and Sustainability Transition. The WCEF side event gathered 40 experts to discuss on new circular economy business models, green transition and digitalization.

Every year, the WCEF brings together more than 4,000 business leaders, decision-makers and experts from around the world to discuss the best circular economy solutions available today. The World Circular Economy Forum will discuss new business models that deliver competitive advantages through circular economy solutions and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The following topics were present at the conference:

Circular economy business models, Specialist Riku Sinervo, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

Business models and digitalization, Prof. Petri Ahokangas, Oulu University

Urban bioeconomy challenges: lessons learned on the VALUEWASTE and HOOP projects. R&D Project Coordinator, Dr. Martín Soriano (Cetenma). 

Circular business models and social acceptance. The VALUEWASTE case. RDI-Specialist, Dr. Tuomo Eskelinen (Savonia UAS).

Circular economy business Models (CBMs) applied in the value chain of bio-waste valorization.  Circular Economy Expert Evgenia Vogiatzidaki (DRAXIS ENVIRONMENTAL S.A).

IOT – The New Business Model in a Sustainable Development Context. PhD Andreea Corina DANILA (NITA). (Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava).

Policy Support to Joint-Sales of Private Forest Owners Associations: a creation of new business model. Senior Researcher Meelis Teder (Estonian University of Life Sciences)

The new corporate sustainability reporting directive speed up circular economy. RDI-Specialist Jyri Wuorisalo (Savonia UAS)

Dr. Miika Kajanus chaired the conference. Dr. Martín Soriano and Dr. Tuomo Eskelinen were speakers.

Contact Person:


Savonia University of Applied Sciences

Email: miika.kajanus(at)

Tel +358 44 785 6812




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