The project is implemented by  South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk): lead partner
Kouvola Innovation Oy (Kinno): partner
LUT University (LUT): partner

Implementation time and place: 2020-2022, Kymenlaakso Region, Finland

The target of the project is to strengthen existing networks and to bring cooperation and know-how to the level necessary for development work that has a significant impact on the region and enhances international co-operation. The aim is to find, create and implement new approaches to take the potential of the bioeconomy (e.g. energy efficiency in the SME sector, blue bioeconomy, biodegradable /plastic-free products, packaging development).  The project is based on the RIS3 strategy, and supports regional vitality and development, in particular as a developer of bioeconomy and its diverse potential.

The project is seeking suitable tools and operating models to serve Kymenlaakso region’s carbon neutrality goals. The project will also network internationally, which will help Kymenlaakso’s role in the bio- and circular economy to promote low carbon targets. The results of the work packages are e.g. cooperation network and concept for manufacturing fiber-based packaging for business needs. The project increases the knowledge and expertise of operators in fiber-based packaging solutions and fossil-free energy solutions, among other things. The project creates an opportunity for companies in the region to network with international actors on various topics, and supports the continuity and development of their operations by engaging international actors.

The project enables Kinno and Xamk to continue their operations in the Kymenlaakso’s RIS3 bioeconomy sector. The operation and further development of the expert group, which can be supported by the project, is essential for the implementation of the bioeconomy strategy. LUT’s activities support regional development and closer co-operation in the area, which allows R&D results that are more impressive.

More information

For more information, please contact to

Mr Petteri Jernström
Research Director

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk), Forest, the environment and energy, Kotka, Finland

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BUT- publications (in English) (updated 9.5.2022 KT)


“Replacing fossil oil in property heating is both an ecological and an economical upgrade”. Höök, Tomi & Tallinen, Kirsi. Published 15.3.2022. Available:


Circular Bioeconomy RDI and Education as Regional Influencers“. Maunula, Melina & Tallinen, Kirsi. An article in publication: Beyond 2021. Volume 22: Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility. Pages 72-80. Available:


Promoting Circular Bio-based Economy in Kymenlaakso Region”. Tallinen, Kirsi & Laine, Kari. Published 14.12.2021.



Bio and circular economy – a way to success in Kymenlaakso”. Tallinen, Kirsi. Published 12.11.2021.


Xamk’s recent (open access) publications in Kymenlaakso related to the BUT theme (updated 22.12.2021 KT):


Optimisation of district heating production by utilising the storage capacity of a district heating network on the basis of weather forecasts. 2021. Results in Engineering. 2021, Vol 13. Maunu Kuosa, Paulus Kiviranta, Hannu Sarvelainen, Erja Tuliniemi, Tuija Korpela, Kirsi Tallinen, Hanna-Kaisa Koponen. Available:


Waste heat recovery potential in residential apartment buildings in Finland’s Kymenlaakso region by using mechanical exhaust air ventilation and heat pumps. 2021. International Journal of Thermofluids. Tuija Korpela, Maunu Kuosa, Hannu Sarvelainen, Erja Tuliniemi, Paulus Kiviranta, Kirsi Tallinen, Hanna-Kaisa Koponen. 27.11.2021. Available:

Kymenlaakso, promoter of bio and circular economy



Kymenlaakso, promoter of bio and circular economy

The strong roots of bioeconomy in Kymenlaakso go back 150 years. Today, the forest industry and primary production are still important parts of Kymenlaakso`s identity. Kymenlaakso is a home to many bio and circular economy businesses, as well as several companies that work to advance sustainable development. Kymenlaakso is also an efficient logistics hub where bio and circular economy plays an increasingly important role in creating the future.

Welcome to the developing Kymenlaakso!

Material distribution and subjects: Stora Enso Anjalankoski and Sunila Mills, MM Kotkamills, UPM Kymi, Kymenlaakson Jäte, Hyötyvirta, Railgate Finland, Xamk Biosampo

Made in Kymenlaakso

Information about current situation and the development of bio and circular economy in Kymenlaakso Region.

Bio and Circular Economy Webinar in September: over 100 registrants!

International webinar – opening for new collaboration opportunities (KT 1.10.)

On September 30th, 2021, an international webinar was held: Bioeconomy – Made in Kymenlaakso, Finland.

The webinar highlighted Kymenlaakso’s current activities to promote the bio and circular economy. There were excellent presentations and videos from the forest industry, universities and other regionally significant promoters of the bio and circular economy. Perspectives on development work were also obtained from the Netherlands and Estonia. We heard interesting presentations on what has been and will be done to promote a low carbon society.

We believe and hope that this will allow us all to both continue existing and start new collaborations.

Thanks to our moderator Ari Lindeman, all presenters and participants!

At the beginning of this website you can click and watch the video “Kymenlaakso, promoter of bio and circular economy”, which premiered in the webinar.

In the end of the page you will find Kirsi Tallinen´s blog summarizing the content of the webinar.

For more information, please contact:

Kirsi Tallinen,
Kari Laine,



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Click here to see the program (updated 9.9.2021):









           Year of research-based knowledge 2021

The webinar is also WCEF -side event and “Year of research-based knowledge” -event.

Read more about WCEF (click):

Read more about Year of research-based knowledge (click):

Bio and Circular Economy Seminar (webinar) coming up in September!
(KT 5.3.2021, last update: 28.9.)

An international webinar takes palace next autumn, on Thu 30.9.2021 at 13.00 (1 pm Finnish time, EET; UTC 10 am).

Duration: four hours.

Webinar raises the current bio and circular economy activities mostly in Kymenlaakso Region but also elsewhere in Europe. It promotes bio and circular economy, connects potential new partners and strengthens existing partnership.

Presenters are mostly from forest industry, universities, and regional companies.
The target audience is people working within bio and circular economy themes around Europe.

We will hear about activities and interests in promoting development of low carbon society.


A new company established to drive the battery materials plant

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EUR 30 million investments in the sheet cutting of cartonboard in Kotka

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€14 million investments in Kotka mill facility for lignin handling

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Stora Enso invests EUR 21 million to Kymenlaakso

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The preparations for establishing battery material plants in Hamina and Kotka are underway

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Kymenlaakso towards carbon neutral region

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A unique pilot plant is under construction at Kotka

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A new refinery for biodiesel production becoming to Hamina

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Bio and circular economy – a way to success in Kymenlaakso

Strong bioeconomy and circular economy activities in Kymenlaakso provide a solid foundation for new success stories in the region. This was noticed in the international webinar Bioeconomy – Made in Kymenlaakso, Finland organized by BUT project at the end of September. The webinar was also a WCEF side event and an event of Year of...


New openings in the bioeconomy (BUT)

1 January 2020 – 31 August 2022

Project partners

Lead partner: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

Partners: Kouvola Innovation Oy (Kinno), Lappeenranta-Lahti University (LUT)


Total budget: € 450 000

XAMK part of the total budget: € 213 000

Financiers and main source of funding: The Regional Council of Kymenlaakso, ERDF-funding