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.

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For more information, please contact to

Ms Kirsi Tallinen
Project Manager

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

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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.

For more information, please contact:

Kirsi Tallinen,
Kari Laine,



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           Year of research-based knowledge 2021

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

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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.

€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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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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New openings in the bioeconomy (BUT)

01.01.2020 - 31.08.2022


Administrator: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

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

Fields of expertise: Forest, the environment and energy


Total budget: 450 000 €

XAMK part of the total budget: 213 000 €

Financiers and main source of funding: Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, ERDF-funding