During the 1st interregional event in Lahti, Finland, the BIOREGIO partners and stakeholders worked together to find criteria for defining the bio-based circular economy Good Practices. One of the key aims of BIOREGIO project is to identify and collect these bio-based circular economy Good Practices from the six partner regions and share these on the Policy Learning Platform to be available for other regions in the EU.

The discussions on the criteria continued during May and were finalised this week.

BIOREGIO project has defined below-mentioned criteria of Good Practices for cooperation models or technologies. These practices ought to be successfully proven in practice and fulfil the following criteria:

• Promote circular economy

• Are related to biological materials i.e. bio-based materials

• Promote social and environmental sustainability, as well as economic growth

• Are resource efficient and economically feasible

• Minimize waste according to waste hierarchy directly or indirectly

• Encourage closing the loops and emphasising longer cycles/cascades

• Preferably include joint actions (discussions/cooperation/business) among different stakeholders, e.g. RDI, government, companies and consumers

• Are most likely transferable and scalable in different European regions


First, the BIOREGIO Good Practices of the Päijät-Hame Region, Finland will be evaluated according to the criteria, filled in Good Practice template created by the Interreg Europe Programme and sent to the Interreg Europe for expert assessment.