BIOVALLEY RESPONDS TO GLOBAL CHALLENGES

By 2030, the global need for food will increase by 50%, the need for water by 30%, and the need for energy by 45%. Global solutions must be found for the problems created by climate change, and to replace unrenewable resources.

The Biovalley development team identifies needs, assesses opportunities, and compiles networks that facilitate more sustainable economic growth. According to the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, more effective and extensive recycling of resources could bring the Finnish economy an annual growth potential of 1.5–2.5 billion euros by 2030. 

SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVENESS THROUGH BIOECONOMY AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY
 

In the Kouvola region, there are good foundations for developing the bioeconomy and circular economy:

  • Excellent logistics opportunities
  • Strong industrial infrastructure, long traditions, and competence in the use of forests
  • Renewable natural resources
  • Skilled entrepreneurs
  • Willingness to cooperate and to network

The Biovalley development team builds networks in these fields, and as a representative of the City coordinates business cooperation between educational institutions and other experts. We bring together operators for each programme, project, and task based on the needs of the companies and the strategy, policies, and cooperation contracts of Kouvola, taking account of the changing legislation. We seek new solutions through cooperation to achieve sustainable competitiveness and identify new business opportunities taking account of skills needs.

We operate in close cooperation with local bioeconomy and circular economy companies and educational institutions (South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences Xamk, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Aalto University, the University of Helsinki, Kouvola Region Vocational College, and the Vocational Adult Education Centre Kouvola). 

 

BIOVALLEY’S MAIN BUSINESS AREAS
 

Biovalley’s main business areas are:

1. Industrial symbiosis and resource efficiency

2. Development of circular economy competence

3. Developing sustainable construction

  • Innovation and operating network of low-carbon construction
    • carbon and life cycle calculation of construction and use phases
    • new wood construction sites and project studies
  • NERO – Construction and life cycle of zero-energy houses in the Nordic climate conditions
     

4. Development of the packaging and food sectors

5. Strategic and other cooperation

 

Read more about local business cooperation in the CIRCULAR ECONOMY brochure, and contact our experts.