The cities of Helsinki and Vantaa aim to be carbon neutral by 2050. The cities can’t achieve this only by themselves, participation of citizens and businesses is needed as well to create and use new, economically sustainable modes of operation. The project has aimed to reduce the region's greenhouse gas emissions in a way that will benefit both the local residents, businesses and other stakeholders.In urban cleantech priority the aim is to solve environmental challenges in cities by developing and piloting new solutions, technologies and service models e.g. for renewable energy, energy efficiency and low carbon emissions. Piloting solar power in a housing company and piloting means for reducing energy consumption together with residents as done in this project are good examples of grassroots implementation of the strategy. It improves the energy efficiency and at the same time helps SMEs to bring their solutions to market.
FINLAND, Helsinki-Uusimaa Region
by: City of Helsinki Environment Centre (main partner, Public authority), City of Vantaa Environment Centre, Green Building Council Finland, HSY Climate Info and Aalto University
S3 domain: Urban cleantech
Energy topics: Smart cities
Innovation type: Service
Level of Good Practice implementation: Local
Investing into solar power (PV) was made as easy as possible for property owners: solar surveys were offered to the housing companies and other properties. Solar surveys are used to find out the profitability of a solar panel investment and support decision-making: survey reports include installation suggestions, dimensioning, economic calculations and a ready-made form for tendering. Property owners were also given energy efficiency guidance. A housing company Chairpersons’ Club is a successful cooperation model and serves as a good communication channel with housing companies. Gadgets that measure or reduce energy consumption were tested and presented to the public in the Smart Gadgets event. Inhabitants reduced their carbon footprint with a personal climate trainer.