OIW 2020: Circular economy – challenges and ambitions

21-25 September 2020, Oslo Innovation Week kicks off.

What is normally a week filled to the brim with events with participants from all over the world, will this year be arranged as a TV broadcast from a professional studio.

The opening day this year, Monday 21 September, is devoted in its entirety to the theme of Circular Economy.

ICT Norway is the responsible partner for three events/live broadcasts this day – sent from gamle Deichmanske hovedbibliotek.

Monday 21 September we have gathered experts, business leaders and stakeholders to discuss Norway’s new national strategy for Circular Economy – in a Norwegian and in a European perspective.

Sign up to attend here: https://konf.co/event/Iv3QX7m7/oslo-innovation-week-2020

«Norway will be a pioneer in the development of a green, circular economy that makes better use of resources, and prepare a national strategy on the circular economy» – The Norwegian Government declaration, Granavolden.

In late autumn 2020, Norway’s first national strategy for a circular economy is expected to be completed. A country cannot adopt a circular economy alone. On 11 March 2020, the European Commission adopted a new action plan for the circular economy – one of the core elements of the European Green Deal, Europe’s new agenda for sustainable growth.

With ambitious measures along the product life cycle, the new action plan aims to make the European economy suitable for a green future, with strengthened competitiveness while protecting the environment and giving new rights to consumers and the population. The new plan focuses on the design and production of a circular economy, with the aim of ensuring that the resources used are kept in the EU economy for as long as possible.


– Janez Potočnik, co-chair of the UN International Resource Panel (IRP), a forum of scientists and experts working on natural resources management. who served as European Commissioner for Environment from 2009 until 2014. He was formerly Slovenia’s Minister for European Affairs.

– Maren Hersleth Holsen (V) (Liberal Party)State Secretary for Climate and the Environment in Norway. Leading the work on Norway’s new strategy.

– Toril Nag, Executive Vice President Lyse, chairman of the board ICT Norway and several norwegian tech-companies.

– Jan Christian Vestre – CEO Vestre Furniture: winner of the award for best growth creator in Norway and a highly respected Norwegian industry leader only 33 years old. Currently he is building «The Plus» – the world’s most sustainable furniture factory.

– Mari Sundli Tveit, Policy director The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) is Norway’s largest organisation for employers. Will talk about new business opportunities in Norway with a new circular economy.

– Stig Ervik, CEO of Norsirk, Norway’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) partner handling all aspects of products disposal responsibility for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), batteries and packaging.

– Nina Riibe, CEO Econa, the leading Norwegian association for students, MBAs and masters of economics and business administrations. Econa is one of the 35 companies at Skift – a membership organization for business climate leaders in Norway. Skift was one of the initiators of «The Circularity Gap Report Norway», the first report that gives a status of Norway’s current situation.