Smart and Clean - Collaborative Kera

The ‘Smart and Clean - Collaborative Kera’ project is an urban development project coordinated by the City of Espoo. Through new partnerships, cooperation and operations models, the project supports the creation of the Kera city district that is based on carbon-neutral circular economy.

In one of Espoo’s most extensive regional development projects, the old industrial and logistics area Kera will be transformed into a sustainable and carbon-neutral residential and working area that is based on circular economy and has room for at least 14,000 residents. The area is based on private land ownership and the sustainability transition will be implemented in cooperation with the local landowners, builders and other development partners. During Kera’s period of transformation, the project’s aim is, through operations models and concrete experiments to be created in the project, to support the introduction of community spirit and sustainable lifestyle in the area. Furthermore, we want to establish Kera’s significance as a piloting platform that can be used to test and deploy climate-neutral solutions of the circular economy. In addition to establishing and expanding cooperation models, the project implements pilot-like fast experiments and scales the most promising methods and solutions promoting sustainability for the whole city district.

The project will be implemented with ERDF funding from the structural funds programme ‘Sustainable growth and jobs 2014–2020’, granted by the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council.


The City of Espoo’s objective is to be the most sustainable city in Europe, both now and in the future. The measures of the ‘Smart and Clean - Collaborative Kera’ project support the persevering achievement of the sustainable development goals of Carbon-neutral Espoo 2030 and the UN. The goals of the project are promoted through three themes:

  1. Establishing of the cooperation models and experimental environment
  2. Kera’s handprint solutions and increasing effectiveness
  3. Circular economy spaces and concepts

The development measures include things such as starting a development forum for companies, surveying the possibility of temporarily utilising Kera’s empty premises, and creating an experimenting and meeting place for piloting and communications purposes.   


1 March 2022–31 March 2023

Additional information

Emmi Kauhanen

Development manager040 553 2892

Tessa Armour

Specialist040 636 8818