In the Central Denmark Region we are working on a more sustainable social model based on the principles of the circular economy. The scarcity of resources and the soaring prices of raw materials are having an ever greater impact on business and social development. This is caused, in particular, by our production methods.
Recently extracted raw materials are used in the manufacturing of products, which become waste and are discarded after use. New models of production and consumption are needed in order to utilise our resources more efficiently to benefit our economy as well as our environment.
The development of new business designs is a leading element in the regional effort. Examples include leasing, which allows a company to retain control of its raw materials after production, and industrial symbiosis, where waste products from one company become raw materials for another product. Other elements of the circular economy are public-private partnerships, education and urban development.
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The region has a focus on climate change in terms of both prevention and adaptation to present and future climatic conditions.
This work is carried out in networks of relevant players within the region as well as with other regions around the North Sea.
The region has particular professional expertise in the field of soil pollution, including clean up and mapping of raw materials (see our regional raw materials plan).
With regards to climate change adaptation, the region plays no formal role but functions as a facilitator where needed. The region establishes and maintains networks between stakeholders who often have conflicting interests. These stakeholders are the ones who have the means and decision-making powers to create solutions. Facilitation creates shared visions and strategies, which promote holistic thinking. Working together in networks provides a better basis for decision-making than would otherwise be possible and supports the creation of new tools such as joint, harmonised data sets and innovative methods.
International Projects: WaterCAP taskforce, WaterCAP com Hub,