Blue Circular Economy Kickstarts Stakeholder Events

The Blue Circular Economy, a three year initiative to help Small and Medium-Sized enterprises (SMEs) offering products and services, within fishing gear recycling solutions, to attain a great market reach, will be holding its first stakeholder event on 25thApril in Ålesund, Norway.

The half-day session will present and discuss local innovation ecosystems and fishing community/networks in Ålesund and explore the potential links to converting waste fishing nets, ropes, components and peripherals (FNRCPs) into commercial products.  It will also present ‘BCE_Lab’, an innovation lab concept aimed at generating products from waste FNRCPs.

Professor Martin Charter (Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts, UK) will share findings from port research related to FNRCPs and discuss examples of products and businesses using waste fishing nets and other marine waste.  There will also be talks on Norway’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and the EU EPR schemes for FNRCs.

The day will also feature interactive groups sessions to share insights into the ecosystem and to probe the issues and business model around establishing the BCE_Lab.

The event will take place in  TEFT Lab, K-Block from 10.00 – 13.00.

Interested parties should contact Richard Glavee-Geo

About Blue Circular Economy

Established in 2018 the Blue Circular Economy is a partnership between Western Development Commission, Technical University of Denmark, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, The Centre for Sustainable Design® at UCA, and the Environmental Research Institute.  The three year programme is funded by the Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 programme.  Full details on

About Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme

The Northern Periphery and Arctic 2014-2020 forms a cooperation between 9 programme partner countries. The NPA 2014-2020 is part of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and ERDF equivalent funding from non EU partner countries.