One of our team members, Triin Viilvere, participated in the Circular Economy Summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, from the 17th to the 18th of October, along with other members of the Estonian delegation.
The Estonian delegation engaged in discussions with the Baltic and Nordic countries to learn about their circular economy initiatives, share knowledge, and explore the possibility of Estonia establishing its own circular hotspot, either independently or in collaboration with the Baltic or Nordic countries. The Nordics have successfully operated their Nordic Circular Hotspot for four years, meaning this year marked the fourth Nordic Circular Summit.
The main message that emerged from the Summit and meetings is that the need to address circularity has been long overdue. Cleantech Estonia, along with numerous experts, is contemplating the creation of a circular hotspot that would include the right members and partners to make circularity the norm. It's heartening to see a glimmer of hope because, for the first time, the Baltic and Nordic countries gathered to discuss various ways to create this hotspot and determine necessary actions to make a change.
There’s an urgent need for immediate action. People are tired of empty words without concrete steps. A meaningful moment occurred when a young activist and speaker, Ugnė Budriūnaitė, shared that she had grown up with the climate crisis. She can't remember a life without considering climate change and global events. While the circular economy used to be a choice, it's now a necessity. This Summit emphasized the human aspect of the circular economy, underscoring that it's people who make a difference through their actions.
What are the next steps? Communication and the process of figuring things out with other countries as well as within Estonia, involving relevant experts and partners in the circular economy field. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you want to be part of the conversation and the creation of our own Circular Hotspot.
We extend our gratitude to the Nordic Council of Ministers for making this trip possible. We would also like to thank the other members of the Estonian delegation: Mayri Tiido (Materjalivoog), Sigrid Soomlais (Kliimaministeerium), Jolanda Lipu (Miltton), Ragmar Saksing (Tehnopol), and Allan Niidu (TalTech). We hope that these discussions mark the beginning of something significant.
To see the overall programme of the Nordic Circular Summit, visit.
Access the program recordings here.
About the Nordic Circular Hotspot
Initiated in 2018, the Nordic Circular Hotspot is the leading resource on the circular economy in the Nordics. In the run-up to 2030, the Nordic Circular Hotspot will focus on achieving a critical mass of circular and sustainable dynamics and transactions in the Nordic region, reaching transitional tipping points to circularity faster in all segments and sectors.