NCH peer-to-peer event in Iceland: three days of networking, learning, strategic planning, meetings, visits, sightseeing and being together as a team.

Last week, the Iceland Ocean Cluster hosted the first NCH peer-to-peer event in Reykjavik, Iceland. The purpose of the event was to establish peer-to-peer exchange, whereby the project partners could benefit from experience exchange, knowledge sharing, networking, and mutual learning in the field of implementing a circular economy and industrial symbiosis. The event was attended by the project partners from Paper Province (SE), Eyde Cluster (NO), Digipolis (FI), Linköping University (SE), Kalundborg Symbiosis (DK), Sitra (FI), and external stakeholders.

Day 1: We started the day at Sjávarklasinn with a guided tour of Iceland Ocean Cluster House focusing on circular economy and innovation in the seafood industry. Through the “100% Fish Project” they inspire the seafood industry and communities to utilize more of each fish while supporting new business opportunities, creating new jobs, and minimizing waste.

Day 2: We spent the day in Gróska, a business growth center in Reykjavik, in order to participate in the seminar on “Opportunities in the Circular Economy” sharing our experiences of successful projects for the benefit of the circular economy and industrial and urban symbiosis. The seminar brought together a number of Icelandic organizations, companies, and startups to discuss opportunities in the field of sustainability and resource use. The Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur Bergþóruson Eggertsson also took part in the discussion. On the same day, we had the opportunity to meet and share our ideas with Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Iceland Minister of the Environment and Energy.

Day 3: On the third day, we enjoyed the spectacular views, towering waterfalls and bubbling geysers, clustered around the Golden Circle.

We want to thank all our project partners for very productive, inspirational, and beneficial three days spent together experiencing, learning and sharing. We are a great team!

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