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Alesund: Local Innovation Systems

Converting waste fishing nets into products

Stakeholder workshop

27th November 2019
Teft Lab

Workshop co-organised NTNU and The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, UCA Business School within the Blue Circular Economy project


There is a growing recognition of the problems associated with waste fishing nets, ropes, components and peripherals (FNRCPs) worldwide. In March 2019, the European Union (EU) passed the Single Use Plastics Directive that included the requirements for Member States in Europe to establish ‘producer responsibility’ schemes to take back and recycle fishing nets. The workshop aims to bring together stakeholders from both business and fishing communities in Alesund (and outside) to interact, and then discuss the opportunities and challenges related to converting waste FNRCPs into business opportunities in Alesund (and outside). 



08.30 Registration & networking

09.00 Welcome

Professor Annik Magerholm Fet, Vice-Rector, NTNU in Ålesund

09.05 Overview of Blue Circular Economy

Siv Marina Flø Grimstad, Project Leader, Blue Circular Economy, Department of International Business, NTNU in Ålesund

09.15 Keynote

Olav Kalvenes, Advisor, Resource Department, Development Section, The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries, Norway

09.30 FNRCPs: Overview of legislation, research and products

Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, Business School for the Creative Industries, University for the Creative Arts (UCA)

09.45 Stakeholder platform: discussion, interaction and networking

11.30 BCE_Lab Concept (an innovation lab focused on converting waste FNRCPs into products)

12.00 Working lunch & networking

12.45 Creative session: developing value from FNRCPs 

13.45 Development of a business model for a BCE_Lab in Alesund

15.00 Discussion

15.20 Action plan for Alesund

15.40 Lessons learnt

16.00 Close

Blue Circular Economy

Blue Circular Economy is funded by Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) Programme (European Regional Development Fund) that is being organised between 2018-2021). Free mentoring on eco-innovation related to waste fishing gear is available for eligible companies with less than 250 employees based in the NPA region (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland west coast of Republic of Ireland, northern areas of Scotland, Northern Ireland (except for Belfast), Greenland and Faroe Islands). For more information on SME support for companies in Norway email Richard on or Arron .


To book your place email Ros on

Further information

For more information contact:
Ros Carruthers
The Centre for Sustainable Design ®
Business School for the Creative Industries 
+44 (0) 1252 892772

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