RECIRCULATE, a second life for the electric vehicle batteries

Tomi Pitkäaho
Athith Sagar
Tero Kaarlela

The rapid growth in battery demand raises questions about sustainability and the limited amount of rare materials. While recycling the batteries to raw materials enables the preservation of rare raw materials, recycling consumes time and energy, reducing the value of recycled batteries. Repurposing and reusing for second-life applications is resource-wise compared to recycling.

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Circular design as a key step in achieving sustainability

Mira Valkjärvi
Weimu You
Egidija Rainosalo

RDI-Specialist Mira Valkjärvi at the conference venue Cultural Conference Center of Heraklion Crete, holding the digital guide of the DeCiDe project. The picture includes logos of the funders of the DeCiDe project. Photo: Weimu You.

The 4th Symposium on Circular Economy and Sustainability, held in Heraklion, Greece from June 19th to 21st, brought together researchers and scholars from diverse fields, all dedicated to exploring topics related to circular economy and sustainability. Centria’s staff from both RDI and business education took part in the conference.  

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What is a sustainable business?

Maria Hofman-Bergholm
Sara Kåll-Fröjdö
Athith Sagar

During the last three years we have, within different development projects at Centria University of Applied Sciences, spent time interviewing different types of entrepreneurs. This article will briefly touch upon sustainability and what a sustainable business is, and also provide the reader with some of the good advices the entrepreneurs have shared with us on starting up a new business. But first let’s start with a brief review on what sustainability is and what a sustainable business could be.

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A transition to a circular economy could stop the global loss of biodiversity – food and agriculture are set in key positions

Maria Hofman-Bergholm
Athith Sagar
Sara Kåll-Fröjdö

Biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate everywhere in the world and Finland is no exception. The situation is serious because the health, economy and well-being of all mankind is dependent on nature (Forslund et al. 2022). The loss of biodiversity is not yet as well-known crisis as the climate change.

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