Sustainable Espoo projects and contact details
Development work, trials and cooperation related to the Sustainable Espoo programme are primarily carried out in projects enabled by external funding. The projects help find solutions for making the daily life of Espoo residents easier by enabling, for example, low-carbon mobility, clean energy, circular economy and tackling future challenges of a smart city. The goal is to find local solutions for solving global challenges.| Development of urban areas | Energy | Circular economy | Mobility |
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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and Voluntary Local Review
Espoo is committed to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as a pioneer city by 2025. The goal is an Espoo that is economically, ecologically, socially and culturally sustainable.
Voluntary Local Review (VLR) assesses the city’s operations, cross-administrative programmes and projects in relation to the 17 sustainable development goals of the UN’s Agenda 2030 programme. The review will be introduced at a high-level UN meeting along with the national review of Finland and the review of the City of Turku in July 2020.
The goal is to develop the city’s operations to ensure that the current and future residents and companies of Espoo could contribute more to sustainable development. Cities are important operators because they carry out a large proportion of the activities required by a fully sustainable future. To the organisation and partners of the City of Espoo, the UN’s sustainable development goals represent a way to communicate and cooperate particularly on the international level.
- A Voluntary Local Review (VLR) concerning the activity of the City of Espoo in relation to the 17 sustainable development goals (June 2020)
- Communicating and scaling best practices
- The sustainable development goals to be included in preparation of the Espoo Story 2021–2025
The first phase of the project, the VLR review, will be completed by 30/6/2021
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Smart and Clean Kera
Kera is being developed into an urban district where clean and smart solutions have been honed to perfection. The area is being developed as an example district of circular economy based on a digital platform.
The change is carried out together with partner companies, residents and other stakeholders by means of novel network-based cooperation. The aim is to create important solutions related to, for example, new energy solutions, means of transport and urban food production.
The Smart and Clean Kera project provides a new co-creation model where the city, companies and research institutes cooperate to design and implement solutions supporting carbon-neutral circular economy and digitalisation. Activity in the area is developed in relation to the following themes:
1) Digital platforms
2) Energy solutions
3) Design and construction
4) Housing and work
5) Mobility and logistics
6) Urban production
7) Circular economy and sustainable lifestyles and
8) Well-being and related services.
The project involves eight partner companies: A-Insinöörit Oy, Espoon Asunnot, Fortum Oyj, LähiTapiola, Neste Oyj, Nokia Oyj, Ramirent Oy ja SOK.
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6Aika: Partnership model for sustainable neighbourhoods (KIEPPI)
Espoo is developing new operating models for circular economy to promote the development of business activity, sustainable growth of the city and a sustainable way of life for the residents.
The joint project of three major cities promotes districts in Espoo, Tampere and Turku based on the circular and sharing economy. In Espoo, the project supports company-oriented circular and sharing economy solutions. New products and services are being developed and piloted in the urban environment, particularly in the changing Kera district.
The partnership model specifies the collaborative methods of the city, its residents, companies and educational and research organisations in order to implement the principles of circular economy in the planning and construction of districts.
Key development themes in Espoo include sharing economy services, the use of facilities, the utilisation of material, nutrient and energy flows as well as urban food production. During the project, new products and services will be developed together with companies, residents and education and research institutes. Solutions implemented by companies will be piloted in Espoo throughout the project. You can contact the project employees concerning any pilot ideas or partnership opportunities.
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6Aika: Low-carbon transport in mobility hubs
Espoo aims to promote low-carbon transport and develop travel chains to ensure that its current and future residents and companies could live and act according to the principles and goals of sustainable development. The joint project of the four major cities develops the preconditions for sustainable modes of transport in urban areas and aims to generate transport hubs bringing various modes of transport and people on the move together.
A transport hub refers to a key point in public transport that is easily accessible by foot or bike. Smooth travel chains are possible in a hub thanks to easily accessible base traffic and complementary practical mobility services. Easy-to-use, reliable and safe mobility services that provide quick and frequent connections reduce the attractiveness of passenger cars in relation to more sustainable modes of transport, therefore reducing transport emissions.
The project improves the business opportunities of companies by enabling trials of new mobility services, travel chains, autonomous buses and electric means of transport.
A handbook will be compiled based on the best practices observed during the project. Through the network related to the national growth programme of the transport sector, for example, the handbook will be distributed to researchers in the transport sector and to the public and private sector.
The goal is to continue running the mobility services to be trialled on market terms or as part of a regional transport system. If successful, the trials can be scaled to other parts of Finland and abroad, and they could provide internationally attractive references for companies.
The project was launched in August 2019 and it will end in October 2021.
A joint workshop tour spanning four cities will be organised in 2020, after which trials of the new mobility services will be started.
Low-carbon mobility in transport hubs is part of the Six City Strategy for sustainable urban development, the purpose of which is to generate open and smart services in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu. These are the six largest cities in Finland.
In addition to the City of Espoo, which is the main implementing party, the project involves the City of Oulu, Business Tampere, Turku University of Applied Sciences and the City of Turku. Furthermore, the project includes cooperation with companies producing mobility services.
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Sustainable Energy Positive & Zero Carbon Communities (SPARCS)
Espoo is looking for new, innovative solutions to develop energy-positive areas as part of a European joint project. A key objective of the SPARCS project coordinated by VTT is energy-positivity, which means increasing local surplus energy production by means of renewable energy production and energy efficiency.
The aim is to achieve this by developing energy-efficient regional solutions based on local renewable energy sources for construction and mobility. Solutions are under development in two Lighthouse cities of the project, Espoo and Leipzig, and will be utilised in five successor cities.
The project is part of a major challenge related to enabling changes in mobility and energy use and practising a more sustainable lifestyle. In energy solutions, the analysis focuses on regions instead of individual properties. Further improvement goals include electric mobility, functionality of transport hubs and carbon neutrality. The goal is to generate globally significant imprints for the city – new innovations. In practice, companies in Espoo develop and experiment with new solutions first at the local level and then export the best solutions globally.
The project promotes:
- local electricity and heat production
- energy efficiency
- technology for local energy markets and energy storage
- flexible consumption
- solutions for electric mobility
- engaging residents in themes of energy and mobility
- new business models
The demonstration sites in Espoo include Sello in Leppävaara, Lippulaiva in Espoonlahti and the Kera area.
During the first three years, solutions related to energy and mobility will be developed in Espoo and Leipzig and then tested for at least two years elsewhere in Espoo and in five successor cities.
The common goal of the EU’s Smart Cities Lighthouse projects is to develop commercial energy, mobility and ICT solutions with a high market potential.
The Espoo consortium includes: Adven, Citycon, Kone, Plug-IT Finland, Siemens, RIL and VTT, with supportive participation of Espoon Asunnot, Fortum, HSL, HSY, Sello, Smart & Clean Foundation and the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council. The project involves 31 partners all around Europe.
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Henri Horn (energy)
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Jani Tartia (mobility)
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Neutral Host Pilot
The project develops innovations based on smart poles, promoting the construction and maintenance of a more sustainable city. This is a research project with strong involvement from the business consortium and research organisations. During the project, new business models for a digital urban platform based on smart poles will be considered. Smart poles utilise the latest technology, such as 5G, drones and IoT applications. The Neutral Host Pilot project is part of the LuxTurrim5G ecosystem.
It is estimated that the construction of the pilot network will be completed in the Kera area in 5/2020
Pilots will be carried out throughout the project 5/2020–10/2021
It is estimated that the plan concerning technical solutions based on smart poles and proposed for the Kera area will be completed in 11/2020, with updates until the end of the project in 10/2021
Nokia, Sitowise, Caruna, Vaisala, A-Insinöörit, Link Design & Development, Vedia, Agora Networks, Sensible4, Aalto University, VTT, Helsinki University, Traficom
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Fiksu Assa – Asemanseudut (“Smart stations – station areas”) as a development platform for new low-carbon business concepts
The Fiksu Assa project develops services supporting the low-carbon lifestyle of residents at rail traffic stations in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Hämeenlinna and Riihimäki. Improving the service offering at stations will facilitate residents’ daily life and promote environmentally friendly modes of transport.
In 2020, the project will implement the “Fiksu arki assalle” business development programme, in which growth companies and partner companies will establish new daily services in station areas. The programme aims to generate services for a sustainable daily life, enhance comfort in station areas and make rail transport more attractive.
- Fiksu arki assalle (“Smart business at stations”) – business development programme 2020
- The Fiksu Assa (“Smart station”) event in station areas in 2018 and 2019
- Analysis of low-carbon business activity in station areas
- Innovation competition for station areas
HSY (main implementing party), City of Vantaa, City of Helsinki, City of Hämeenlinna and Riihimäen Tilat ja Kehitys Oy
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