After getting an introduction to terminology and circular business models, the participants of the Circular Economy Program`s second module got a taste of how it works in real life. Workshops, company visits and insect-pancakes were a part of the two-day gathering.

The Circular Economy Program`s second meet-up took place in Voss early in June. One of the themes on the agenda this time was circular value chains across industries. Cooperation across industries is necessary for the establishment of good circular solutions.

Getting inspiration

One of the goals with the gatherings is to inspire to more circular solutions both across industries as well as in the seafood industry. Presentations of ReSourcer, that also facilitated a workshop, and a visit to Invertapro gave the participants insight in how circular practices can take place.

ReSourcer is a platform aiming at connecting companies which have biological by-products they don’t need with companies that wants that exact by-product. It can contribute to increase value and the exploitation of by-products, and the presentation from ReSourcer gave the participants insights for further discussions. Afterwards the groups worked with exploring possible circular business models in the seafood industry, which is an industry where it is a big potential for exploitation of by-products.

The day after, the participants visited Ivertapro which, among other things, farm flour beetles. They had a tour at the beetle production facilities, and they got to taste the beetles, both in its natural shape and as an ingredient in pancakes. In addition to eating crunchy pancakes, they also got information about Invertapro`s business. The insects can in fact be used to make animal feed, for example in fish farms.

The participants got organic fertilizer called Bløme

Circularity across industries

The visits were used as a starting point for further group discussions on circular business models. Modul two on the Circular Economy Program showed the participants how cooperation across industries can be important, also in the seafood industry. For the next module, they will get to learn more about global trends and possibilities for circular solutions connected to innovation, digitalization, and technology.