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.