Project - Enhanced capacity on Circular Economy

The result of the Project is to complete the national strategy for the development of circular economy, so-called „white paper“. The project also contributes to changing people's consumption behavior. In addition, various guidance materials will be prepared within the project, analyzes of the effects of local governments will be carried out and recommendations based on local government will be made for activities based on the circular economy. In addition to raising awareness, various trainings are being organized as well as inter-school competitions. Networking, including with Norway's circular economy partners, is also an integral part of its activities. Norwegian experts are involved in the implementation of the project.

Project duration

19.07.2021 - 31.12.2023

Project budget 

EUR 1 058 824,00 (85% /15%)

Project Finance 

EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 Programme “Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation”

Raising the awareness of municipality specialists about the principles of the circular economy

Visits to all Estonian local governments (local governments) (involving both the management and environmental and procurement specialists), analysis to improve the activities of the local government circular economy and training to promote the regional development of the circular economy. As a result of the visit, providing recommendations and advice on what the local government could do in accordance with the principles of the circular economy, including waste management, new business models, sustainable use of local resources, green public procurement, cooperation opportunities, etc.

Training of public sector staff in the topic of the circular economy

Training programs will be set up to train public sector employees (at least 100), explaining the principles of the circular economy more broadly, but also to specific areas of work, looking for points of contact and potential cooperation at national level (including fostering cooperation between local authorities) and visiting circular companies. Creating digital learning materials that are accessible to all and will be used in the future

Circular Economy research

Compilation and coordination of an input to the environmental development plan, compilation of a draft of the circular economy development document and action plan for the 2021–2035, identification of the missing research needs for the circular economy and    preparation or procurement of these analyses

Promotion of Green Public Procurement

Promoting green public procurement - updating and developing criteria (including organizing sectoral roundtables for input), simplifying the procurement process from the contracting authority's point of view (developing guidance material, including evaluation criteria, technical specifications; recommendations for improving user experience in the public procurement register; an overview of the most prominent examples of green public procurement (both in Estonia and in the EU). Creating digital instructional material that is accessible and usable for the future.

Development of a circular economy training program and information days for teachers. Organisation of a Green Schools competition

Circular school competition - development of the concept of a competition between inclusive and educational schools (what are the possibilities of practical application of the principles of circular economy at school) and organization for basic school students (target group 5th-9th grade). The aim is to involve students from at least 30 Estonian schools (including at least three Russian schools).

Creation of electronic materials and video clips supporting awareness raising, information campaigns and updating of the website with information

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Coordination and organisation of meetings as part of the activities of the circular economy lead group, working group and its sub-groups

Preparation of primary input and coordination of necessary input in the field of environmental development document; Coordinate and organize meetings within the framework of the activities of the circular economy structure of the Ministry of the Environment. Meetings will be organized and managed during the project, including the provision of the necessary premises, facilities and coffee breaks; summarizes the discussions and reports the results to the Ministry of the Environment.



Project partner

SINTEF, headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, is an independent research organization founded in 1950 that conducts contract research and development projects. SINTEF has 2,000 employees in 75 countries

Project contacts

Kaili Simberg, Project Manager of the Environmental Agency,, phone +372 5191 7644.
Kristin Pille, expert in the circular economy of the Environmental Agency,, phone +372 5192 0894