Circular economy

In recent years, the circular economy has become a key issue – it is hoped to be part of the solution to climate change and dwindling of virgin material resources. In the circular economy, the aim is to retain the value of goods and materials for as long as possible, as a result of which less waste is generated and less natural resources are needed for the production of new products.

Report on indicators for circular economic business activity

The aim of the report was to produce indicators describing the extent and development of the business activity of the Finnish circular economy. The indicators are mainly based on statistical data collected for other purposes and they can be updated annually. Defining the circular economy in terms of statistics was one of the key tasks of the report, because the circular economy is relatively new as a statistical topic and prior to this report it has not been examined thoroughly from the perspective of regular statistics production Read more about the indicators for the circular economy..

The report was made as part of the extensive Circwaste project managed by the Finnish Environment Institute, which aims at mainstreaming the circular economy and sustainable waste management. The project is carried out jointly by a group of research institutes and universities, enterprises and joint municipal authorities, as well as municipalities and regions. At the beginning of the report and during its writing, stakeholder events were organised, in which both participants in the Circwaste project and other organisations presented a number of good views on measuring the business activity of the circular economy.

On 9 and 10 December 2020, Statistics Finland and the Finnish Environment Institute organised a webinar presenting indicators for the circular economy. The materials of the webinar have been published on the webinar website(in Finnish).