Increasing material efficiency and clean energy adoption to support sustainable development
Supporting systemic transformation to low carbon economy is a key goal of RIS in South Karelia. The core of this competence is the strategic aligment with LUT University which is the top energy research university in Finland. Alongside energy water management and environmental science as well as sustainable business are part of the competence foundation on which our RIS is built. The idea is to develop solutions that are able to make global difference and pilot them in the region. Local municipalities and companies are committed to cooperate with universities to achieve this goal. In practise this is done through offering public investments as experimental environments for innovative ideas whenever possible.
The region aims at developing local solutions that are globally scalable. This is done in cooperation across industry, public sector and research and education organisations. Sount Finland has a strong natural resource intensive industry that is a key partner for developing and testing industrial scale solutions.
The South Karelia RIS3 is addressing the following SDGs:
*SDG 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
*SDG 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
*SDG 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
*SDG 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
*SDG 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
*SDG 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
There are ongoing works on RIS3 for the next programming period 2021-2027. The strategy is already well aligned with ecological and economic sustainability goals but more attention needs to be put on the social and community aspects.