The future is being made in Finland

27th Feb, 2017

The Helsinki Capital Region is becoming a global reference area for ecologically sustainable solutions. The three neighbouring cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa have launched a large-scale Smart & Clean partnership project in collaboration with Sitra*. The aim of the project is to make the region more attractive to investment, establish new businesses and create more jobs. In the coming years, the Helsinki Capital Region plans to engage in major ventures in areas such as transport, water supply and energy efficiency.

There is huge demand for technological solutions that promote sustainable development. Finland now has considerable expertise and skills in this area. Cities play a crucial role in fighting climate change and enabling new solutions. It is estimated that 75% of the world’s cities consume more than 75% of the world’s resources. Simple low-cost measures can generate savings of up to 50% in energy consumption and 30% in water conservation.

However, change requires action. Finland is a unique environment for getting this done. Finnish companies, cities, universities and the government are committed to achieving remarkable results. This partnership between all the key actors is unique in the world. Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa already have several concrete plans aimed at creating smart and clean solutions.

The concepts that are being developed in the Helsinki Capital Region will be exported worldwide. This will lead to a better quality of life and stimulate climate positive solutions wherever they are adopted.

The change will begin within five sectors that offer the biggest potential impact. The Helsinki Capital Region aims to lead the way forward while working towards the world’s most attractive emission-free mobility, the world’s most resource wise citizens and the world’s leading circular economy region that is also a world leader in built environments that have a positive environmental impact.

The Smart & Clean Partnership in the Helsinki Capital Region will help to establish Finland as a cleantech superpower by 2020.

*Sitra is a future fund that collaborates with partners from different sectors to research, trial and implement bold new ideas that shape the future. Our aim is a Finland that succeeds as a pioneer in sustainable wellbeing.

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