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A leading position in Norway in the circular economy

The Kongsvinger region has since 2019 purposefully worked with circular economy as a tool to achieve the overall goals in Paris agreement  og UN Sustainability Goals. Especially the four major projects / collaborations described below, have given results and made an impression nationally and internationally.

Circular economy as a green transition engine

This is a further extension of the project «Circle Scan Kongsvinger Region». The pilots are a splice team between the municipalities, business and the County Governor of Innlandet. Start-up in March 2021.

Pilot 1: KONGSIRK - inter-municipal re-use market.
Pilot 2: Donor building. Demolition waste as a resource.
Pilot 3: Toolbox circular procurements. Six municipalities, six examples.

Contact Eva Snare (eva.snare@nord-odal.kommune.no) for information.

Circle Scan Kongsvinger Region

With support from the county Governor of Innlandet, the region has carried out a circular analysis / feasibility study within the value chain of the construction industry. The overall goal has been green restructuring by reducing / moving waste upwards in the waste hierarchy and thereby creating new jobs. Circle Economy and Circular Norway have been responsible for the method and implementation. The project has been completed with proposals for continuation in three specific pilot projects.

Read more: https://kongsvingerregionen.no/om-samarbeid/sirkulaerokonomi/

O-house

O-house (circle house) is a prototype of an establishment home where at least 50% of the building material is based on either recycled or reuse of material. Other building materials must have the lowest possible climate footprint and the building must be energy-smart. The prototype is on a smaller scale, but has the necessary functions such as a toilet, bathroom and kitchenette / living room. The project is a collaboration between Skarnes high school, Topos Arkitektur, GIR and various local players in the construction industry. The goal is to find a template for scaling. The prototype is in the construction phase.

See more at: https://www.o-house.no/ 

 

Circular Solør

The biological resource flows in Solør (Grue, Åsnes, Våler) have been mapped with the aim of clarifying the value creation and climate potential these flows constitute. The analysis has identified which circular innovations are relevant and which social and business actors can benefit from closer cooperation.

The work will be continued in 2021.

Read more: https://www.greenhouse.bio/sirkulre-solr

Latest news from the projects

You can read selected news here. We also recommend following o-house on Facebook.

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Toolbox circular procurements

The Kongsvinger region (Nord-Odal municipality as host municipality), has received discretionary funds for innovation from the county Governor of Innlandet to "Circular economy as a green engine of change". This is an extension of the Circle

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Kongsvinger region

Welcome!

Centrally situated in Eastern Norway, between Oslo and Sweden, you will find the Kongsvinger region. Seen from the air, it is green and mostly dominated by wooded hills and cultivated land. But do not be fooled! Both private and public sector experience progressive development.

“It is impressive to see that all the municipalities in the Kongsvinger region have taken steps since last year. The whole Inland cheers on the Kongsvinger region, and we all have a lot to learn from the work that has been done over the past years. ”

Jon Kristiansen, NHO director Innlandet

News about the circular economy projects

The region offers quality education at all levels, from primary school to college. Specially, it is worth noting two new and unique secondary schools built from solid wood, and the offers given for those who want to follow an alternative pedagogical scheme. Safe upbringing conditions is an important argument for moving here.

The labor market in the region is varied and integrated. Many people live in one place and work in another municipality. Well developed infrastructure and commuting opportunities with public transport make this easy. As in the rest of Norway, the service sector is the biggest employer, but also flexible and international industrial companies are attractive employers for many.

The opportunities for leisure activities are diverse and include as well a varied and exciting cultural life. Kongsvinger with its majestic fortress is the city of the region, with the river Glomma as a link to several of the surrounding municipalities.

Welcome to us!

It is good to live, work and do business in our region. Here we give you ten benefits:

Business-friendly municipalities that want you to succeed

- Well developed regulations for business with reduced employer's national insurance contributions and low property tax *)
- Regulated commercial space and plots at competitive prices
- Free advice and assistance adjusted to your needs from a very competent support organization
- Access to venture capital for the best ideas
- Norway's best provider of flexible university education - focused on the business community's competence needs
Stable workforce
*) NHO's municipal barometer

Large regulated business areas near the Oslo region - at a fraction of the price

- The Kongsvinger region is close to the Oslo region.
- The nearest municipality, Sør-Odal is 4 km from Gardermoen and 8 km from Oslo city center
- We have regulated commercial areas and plots at 1/10 of the price of Jessheim / Gardermoen / Oslo

A strong business community with a sound industrial expertise

- The Kongsvinger region has accumulated one of the country's largest numbers of industries
- 7sterke is one of the country's strongest industrial clusters. Continuously, the cluster works in order to influence regional business development and policy, create regional attraction, stimulate innovation and competence development and market the region as an attractive industrial region.
- The region is one of the largest in Norway in building and construction

Extensive access to bio-raw materials and expertise

- Kongsvinger region is Norway's largest forest region with large amounts of timber and agricultural raw materials (potatoes and cereals)
- We have Norway's cleanest water and large amounts of clean power.
- Bioeconomy is a special focus area for Norway. Biofuels, animal feed from wood and potato peel as a substitute for artificial preservatives in food, show only a glimpse of the region's potential.
- We work closely with research communities in the field - both in Norway and Sweden.

Central logistics hub provides efficient logistics and broad market access

- The region is a closely integrated part of the Gardermoen and Oslo regions and close to the EU / Sweden
- Kongsvinger as a natural transport hub in Scandinavia with fully developed road and rail connections to Northern Norway and Europe

The housing dream for 1/3 of the price

- If you move from the Oslo regions, you will get a lot more for your money.
- A house with an apple orchard, small farm and apartments close to the city center - the budget will go a long way and the possibilities are plenty.

Excellent communications bring you wherever you want

- The Kongsvinger region has well developed rail and road connections providing proximity to Oslo - Karlstad - Oslo Airport Gardemoen whenever you need it.
- Train to Oslo at hourly intervals, which takes 1,20 hours from Kongsvinger
- Car to Gardermoen in about 1 hour from Kongsvinger and 45 minutes from Skarnes
- Train to Stockholm in 3,5 hours

A focus on schools yields results

- The Kongsvinger region can offer high quality schools with professionally trained teachers
- Modern schools in both Sør-Odal and Kongsvinger

An active cultural and sports region that creates joy

- We can offer excellent facilities for sport - from an amateur level to top quality educational training (NTG and NTGU).
- Kongsvinger is the city in Norway with the best developed sports facilities per inhabitant.
- Norway's best golf course right outside your living room.
- We can offer numerous cultural activities for both children and adults - whether you want to participate yourself or you just want to be a spectator.

Urban development for an ever-improving environment

- Playgrounds in the city center
- Housing construction in the city center