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Interest towards bioeconomy and biobased materials has recently increased enormously due to the global discussion concerning problems caused by the use of plastics. A recent study by Business Finland and Gaia Consulting analysed the value chain and possible innovation development pathways of cellulose-based bioproducts and biocomposites replacing plastics. The bioplastic market, especially drop-in-biopolymers, is estimated to reach 3,4 billion euros in 2020.
A new Business Finland case study conducted by Gaia Consulting reveals that Finnish success stories of biobased textiles rest on strong R&D support. However, the lack of mid-sized technology and solution providers as well as investment decisions for demonstration plants slow down the commercialization and scaling up of production.
News about the alarming condition of our oceans are almost daily. Toxic substances, overloads of nutrients, overfishing and excessive amounts of plastic waste are taking over our marine environments. The Baltic Sea is no exception.
Climate change is rapidly transforming Arctic environments, with the rate of warming close to double compared to that of planetary mean projections. Arctic communities and indigenous people overall, are the responsible custodians of some of the most diverse and vulnerable ecosystems on the planet – a skill that is getting increasingly scarce and precious.
While the primary objective of humanitarian work is to save lives and reduce human suffering, this doesn’t have to mean ignoring the environment and climate. Conversely, by paying attention to the environmental and climate impacts of humanitarian operations, effectiveness of the aid provided can be improved.
Provision of safe and affordable electricity to over a billion people living without electricity is both expensive and hopeless effort without focus to smart solutions.
Vesi ja uusiutuvat vesiluonnonvarat ovat yksi yhteisen tulevaisuutemme elinehto. Makean veden tarpeen on ennustettu globaalisti kasvavan nykyisestä 30% vuoteen 2030 mennessä ja tehokkaampi merialueiden käyttö ruoan tuotannossa on yksi potentiaalisimmasta keinoista taata ruokaa kaikille. Vesi voi toimia Suomen osalta myös merkittävänä kasvun vauhdittajana.
Yleisimmin kaasuauto on tavallinen bensiinikäyttöinen auto, jossa on lisävarusteena kaksoispolttoainejärjestelmä ja tällöin yhteistoimintasädekin on jopa 1 500 kilometriä. Tankkausasemien verkosto myös kasvaa koko ajan. Kaasuautomalleja on jo tarjolla useita, ja käytännössä kaikkiin autoihin voi myös jälkiasentaa kaasusäiliön.

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Pasi Rinne, Chairman of Gaia Group, argues why Finland is fit & ready for circular economy. Video recorded Jan 27, 2016 at a seminar hosted by The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries.

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