The aim of the project is to create a KOSKES concept for circular economy center of excellence in the Hyötyvirta business area in Kymenlaakso region, Finland. The project is coordinated by regional development company Kouvola Innovation. KOSKES brings together companies, business development organizations and educational institutions to develop a common vision for future.

The KOSKES project will create a platform to support and develop the competitiveness of businesses related to circular economy. KOSKES activities are planned, implementation is agreed upon and KOSKES is ready for launch at the end of this development project. This objective will be achieved through the following steps which also ensure the continuity of the circular economy center of excellence:
a. Creation of enterprise development platform and ecosystem
b. New training activities in co-operation with businesses and the world of work (learning environment)
c. Functioning as part of international circular economy network
d. Innovative construction process planned and ready to be implemented

The project will increase business opportunities, the re-use of materials, reduce the need for virgin raw materials for industries, and promote low carbon and resource efficiency in long term. The project is in line with Kymenlaakso’s Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) and supports its implementation.

More info

Melina Maunula
Project Specialist, M.Sc.
Forest, the environment and energy focus area
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk)
+358 44 7028521
Paraatikenttä 7
FI-45100 Kouvola

Mika Penttilä
Development Director
Circular Economy Kouvola
Kouvola Innovation
+358 20 615 9015



KOSKES – Circular economy center of excellence

01.03.2020 - 28.02.2022


Administrator: Kouvola Innovation

Partial implementers: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk) and Kouvola region vocational college (KSAO)

Other partners: Hyötyvirta Association, regional circular economy companies

Fields of expertise: Forest, the environment and energy


Total budget: 458 349 €

XAMK part of the total budget: 209 189 €

Financiers and main source of funding: Helsinki-Uusimaa regional council, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)