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Smart & Clean Helsinki Metropolitan

We – the citizens, cities, companies and research organisations – in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area will drive the change towards a more sustainable and prosperous future.

The Helsinki Metropolitan Area is the best test bed in the world for smart and clean solutions. New technologies and services are tested in different areas of the city. The best ones will be exported and will create thriving businesses.

New services in mobility and living will increase quality of life and mitigate climate change. They will boost the circular economy and smart solutions will reduce food waste. Small and large actions build permanent changes. Citizens, cities and businesses are the doers. They are also the ones to benefit from the changes.


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The Heroes


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Mission Statement


Do, do, do

Change requires actions. Finland, especially the Helsinki Metropolitan Region, is a unique environment for getting things done. We – companies, cities, research organisations, universities and the Finnish government – are committed to achieving remarkable results. Our union of all the important actors is unique in the world.

We bring all the visionaries together in the changes that matter, to build the solutions to cities’ challenges and create new business.

Change the world

The concepts developed in the Helsinki region will be exported worldwide. This will lead to a better quality of life and the growth of carbon positive solutions where they are adopted.

We will begin with changes within and across five sectors with significant impact: We will be the leaders showing the way forward while we work towards the world’s most attractive emission-free mobility; the world’s most resource wise citizens, the world’s smartest urban energy, and the world’s leading circular economy city, which is a world leader in built environments with a positive environmental impact.


Prosper

Saving the world is good business. We will make bold and visionary solutions in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The actions developed in the area, for example, projects, technologies, services and concepts can be exported to world cities. Businesses making the changes can use the solutions as their references globally.

  • 2kg

    2 kilograms of waste/person every day.

  • 1/3

    1/3 food production is wasted.

  • 2x

    2x more efficient houses possible.

  • 2x

    2 x more efficiently driven cars with helping technology.

  • 2-3°

    Over 2-3 degree rise in global temperature
    if climate actions not fortified.

  • 1m

    1 meter sea level rise possible if climate actions not fortified.

  • $44T

    $44 trillion costs possible from climate change over the next 45 years.

  • 7M

    7 million people die every year due to air pollution.

  • 1/3

    1/3 of cars needed with self-driving fleet.

  • 75%

    75% of the world’s resources consumed in cities.

  • 30%

    30% water conservation.

  • 25%

    10-25% lower costs
    with distributed energy systems.

  • €600B

    €600 billion savings
    for businesses through circular economy.

  • 70%

    70% energy savings
    through energy efficient construction.

Changes

We will create and initiate several significant changes during five years. They will lead to new, permanent processes that will improve quality of life, are carbon positive, value adding and will boost the circular economy. The changes can contain various actions, such as projects, concepts or operating models.


The changes lead toward five significant visions:

    The world’s most attractive emission-free mobility

    The Helsinki Metropolitan Area’s transportation system is attractive, smart, flexible and efficient. Public transport is more appealing than private cars. Finnish service providers are leaders in mobility services in the world.

    1

    The world’s most resource wise citizens

    Citizens’ and companies’ food waste is minimal, buildings and homes are smart and energy efficient. We use the wisest modes of transport for the environment and ourselves. This is enabled by unique Finnish consumer cleantech solutions.

    2

    The world’s smartest urban energy

    The Helsinki Metropolitan Area’s energy is produced efficiently and carbon-free. It enables the participation of citizens and directs them towards environmentally positive solutions. Smart solutions support the energy conservation of people and companies. Solutions developed in the area are used globally.

    3

    The world’s leading circular economy city

    Circular economy, sharing economy, energy efficiency as well as the cooperation of companies and citizens to save resources is part of everyday life. The wise use of resources improves the efficiency and productivity of the cities and companies. The innovations are used in cities around the world, where they improve the citizens’ quality of life.

    4

    The world’s most sustainable built environment

    The Helsinki Metropolitan Area’s residential areas are positive for the environment. They, for example, produce more energy than they consume and construction and renovations create wellbeing. Solutions are designed to the scale of the residential area, district or city. Solutions developed in the area are successfully exported globally.

    5

  • 2kg

    2 kilograms of waste/person every day.

  • 1/3

    1/3 food production is wasted.

  • 2x

    2x more efficient houses possible.

  • 2x

    2 x more efficiently driven cars with helping technology.

  • 2-3°

    Over 2-3 degree rise in global temperature
    if climate actions not fortified.

  • 1m

    1 meter sea level rise possible if climate actions not fortified.

  • $44T

    $44 trillion costs possible from climate change over the next 45 years.

  • 7M

    7 million people die every year due to air pollution.

  • 1/3

    1/3 of cars needed with self-driving fleet.

  • 75%

    75% of the world’s resources consumed in cities.

  • 30%

    30% water conservation.

  • 25%

    10-25% lower costs
    with distributed energy systems.

  • €600B

    €600 billion savings
    for businesses through circular economy.

  • 70%

    70% energy savings
    through energy efficient construction.

 


The Doers

  • Tiina Kähö

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Executive Director
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    +358 40 591 3847
    tiina.kaho@smartclean.fi
    @tiinakaho

    We have a unique combination of creative and active citizens, a skillful workforce and the world’s leading companies in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The Smart & Clean project combines the best resources – our people – in a new way. This is the most ambitious cooperation project in Finland and leading it is my dream job – I get to lead and coordinate this major change, which Smart & Clean drives.

  • Eetu Helminen

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Senior Advisor, Communications
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    +358 40 537 6597
    eetu.helminen@smartclean.fi
    @EHelminen

    Helsinki is an ideal place to live for a person like me: a keen sailor, runner and city life lover. Everything is close by, and one doesn’t need to own a car. The practical craziness of Finns and a culture of doing things makes it possible for us to change the world. As long as we believe in it ourselves.

  • Päivi Hagel

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Assistant
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    +358 40 742 2275
    paivi.hagel@smartclean.fi

    The Helsinki Metropolitan Area is of a great size to test new solutions. I am eagerly driving the change and contributing to making things happen.

  • Ville Miettinen

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Senior Advisor
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    +358 40 536 1890
    ville.miettinen@smartclean.fi
    @v_miettinen

    The metropolitan area is a great platform for new solutions because it’s simultaneously sufficiently big and small. We have long traditions of cooperation between different actors, a lot of technological know-how and a diverse field of businesses. I love solving complex, challenging and significant problems together with others, even if just one small thing at a time. That’s how the world becomes a better place.

  • Jaana Pelkonen

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Senior Advisor
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    + 358 40 549 9775
    jaana.pelkonen@smartclean.fi
    @pelkonenjaana0

    A new, active attitude has taken over the metropolitan area. People are no longer waiting for others to solve challenges but are boldly taking charge of the changes themselves. Change happens when political ambitions, business objectives and cities’ strategies all have the same goal. Co-creation isn’t just about coming up with ideas together but also sharpening common goals, creating shared rules and taking responsibility for the results.

  • Iina Oilinki

    Smart & Clean Foundation
    Senior Advisor, International Relations
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    +358 50 346 1216
    iina.oilinki@smartclean.fi

    Building an international reputation is normally a long project, but climate change requires bold and significant actions quickly from everyone in the world. We will talk about the Helsinki Metropolitan Area internationally as a groundbreaking, brave area that does big things. It's my personal pleasure to be involved in forming our international activities into interesting stories and sharing them.

Board

  • Pekka Lundmark

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Chairman of the Board
    CEO, Fortum
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    @pekkalundmark

    The Helsinki Metropolitan area is a growing yet large enough area that has real challenges to solve for example in electricity, heat, mobility, building and waste. Finland offers a good testbed geographically as its energy solutions need to work in all four seasons.

  • Jukka Mäkelä

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Board
    Mayor, City of Espoo
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    @KjMakela

    The Helsinki metropolitan area is a tight concentration of innovations and know-how, surrounded by incredibly beautiful and clean nature. Sustainable development stems from proper values: respecting nature and appreciating people. These things are deeply rooted in me, a boy from Tapiola.

  • Simo Honkanen

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Board
    Senior Vice President Sustainability and Public Affairs, Neste
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    @simohonkanen

    Climate work is investments, the right regulation and solutions that support climate work in production and R&D. Most of all, it is about the courage to make changes and start anew.

  • Mari Pantsar

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of Board
    Director, Sitra
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    @MariPantsar

    In my job at Sitra I can speed up Finland’s change towards a resource wise and zero-carbon society with the organisation’s resources. It is not just a job, it’s my passion. Who could say no to growth, competitiveness and new jobs while working for the environment.

  • Pekka Manninen

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Board
    CEO, Helen
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    The capital has a unique energy infrastructure. Using it we can make smart energy together with our customers. Helsinki is an excellent reference for Finnish export industries.

  • Hannu Penttilä

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Board
    Deputy Mayor, City of Vantaa
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    The Helsinki Metropolitan Area has the world’s strongest local government, which provides magnificent opportunities for making new ideas into reality in cooperation with companies, communities and local government. Vantaa will be the world’s best sustainable airport city.

  • Marja-Leena Rinkineva

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Board
    Director of Economic Development, City of Helsinki
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    @mlrinkineva

    Helsinki is one of Europe’s fastest growing cities. The growth is not only physical. I dare sayto argue that the city also grows mentally as we move from production to co-creation. This, together with open data, top expertise and the city’s will to drive change makes the area unique.

  • Pekka Soini

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of Board
    Director General, Tekes
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    @psoini

    Finland has immense Smart & Clean tech know-how and innovations. As the Director General of Tekes I support the access of these innovations to global markets and their success. We influence greatly the development of renewable energy and energy efficient solutions with our funding.

  • Hanna Uusitalo

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Board Member,
    Environmental Director, KONE Oyj
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    “The metropolitan area is an open and developing area that offers great opportunities and an excellent meeting place for professionals from different fields. We already have many concrete examples of innovative collaboration between companies, communities, cities, universities and research institutes. KONE and its environmental know-how in its field are world class. We and I have strong experience in how to focus on emission-free transportation and constructing together with different actors.”

  • Antti Vasara

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Board,
    CEO of VTT, Technical Research Center of Finland
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    @ahavasara

    “There’s enough potential operation in a proper scale in the metropolitan area for developing Smart & Clean solutions. We at VTT have know-how in diminishing waste and emissions that come from for example traffic and industries. We’ve recently renewed our strategy which means our work is even more focused on supporting a cleaner world and sufficient resources.”

Supervisory Board

  • Jan Vapaavuori

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
    Mayor of Helsinki
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    @Vapaavuori

    Helsinki means people whose passion is to solve significant challenges. Together we can create the most advanced everyday life and concentrate on solving the global challenges that benefit the whole humanity. Our significant actions need to be Smart & Clean.

  • Hannele Pokka

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
    Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment
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    @hannelepokka

    The Helsinki metropolitan area is full of top universities, educated work force and excellent cooperation between different actors. I have the privilege of working at the Ministry of the Environment, the ministry of the future. It’s a pleasure to be working for a cleaner future. The future is made today.

  • Kari Nenonen

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
    Mayor of Vantaa
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    @kjkarinenonen

    The metropolitan area is growing strongly. The area’s reputation as an innovation platform attracts other innovative companies and citizens interested in the quality of their living environment. Vantaa is an agile organization that allows a lot. It’s invigorating to work within a culture of experimenting and burning passion. We want to make responsible, innovative and sustainable acquisitions that cover all parts of the city’s operations.

  • Juha Kostiainen

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
    Senior Vice President, Sustainable Urban Development, YIT Corporation
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    @Juha_Kostiainen

    The compact collaboration between research, business and the public sector works well in the Helsinki metropolitan area. Personally I have a burning desire to develop sustainable cities. I’m going to make new propositions to the cities of the metropolitan area on how to concretely execute sustainable urban environments.

  • Mikael Nyberg

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
    Director General, Ministry of Transport and Communication
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    @nyberg_mikael

    The metropolitan area contains a lot of know-how and innovating that could give birth to clean solutions especially in the traffic sector. The Ministry of Transport and Communications is responsible for reducing 50 percent of traffic emissions by 2030. Developing the metropolitan area plays a big part in this.

  • Jukka Kola

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board
    Rector, Helsinki University
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    @jukkakola

    Helsinki University is a recognized expert in the Smart & Clean sector with its multidisciplinary and global competitiveness.  Helsinki Metropolitan is also the world’s test bed for these solutions as plenty of the key smart and clean solutions expertise already exists in the area.

  • Mikko Kosonen

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
    President, Sitra
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    @SitraKosonen

    The Helsinki Metropolitan Area is a centre of expertise and business. It has an excellent opportunity of being an innovation platform. Smart & Clean will give birth to a new form of cooperation that will drive the change towards a strong, smart and zero-carbon city. Cooperation will lead to new innovations, growth and jobs.

  • Sirpa Hertell

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
    Vice-chairwoman of Espoo city council
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    @SirpaHertell

    Espoo has been chosen as the most sustainable city in Europe out of 140 cities. The metropolitan area has excellent prerequisites to develop smart solutions for example in turning public traffic and energy production emission-free. We have quality universities and active, well educated citizens.

  • Jari Suominen

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
    CEO, Renewable Energy, St1 Nordic
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    @jarijsuominen

    We have a clear vision of being the leading manufacturers and sellers of low carbon energy. We execute this vision by demonstrating and building renewable energy with solutions we can utilise today. I’d also like to personally participate in building a metropolitan area based on renewable energy.

  • Tuija Pulkkinen

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
    Vice President, Research and Innovation, Aalto University
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    @tuijapulkkinen

    We appreciate clean air and water in the Helsinki region and we are interested about the environment, especially the Baltic Sea. This kind of community is very interesting even internationally. Aalto University’s expertise and the innovation and company ecosystems create solutions and business to enable emission and waste free world.

  • Riina Kirmanen

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
    Senior Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Sustainability, Vaisala Oyj
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    @riinakir

    “We at Vaisala have an obligation to be a good steward of the planet as climate change continues to be the greatest threat to humankind. As a part of our commitment to clean energy we joined the ranks of other leading companies in the RE100 business coalition that advocates the private sector’s transition towards renewable energy. Vaisala believes in observations for a better world, curiosity, courage, and science-based innovation. All this can be found at Helsinki Metropolitan Region.”

  • Päivi Leiwo

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
    Chairwoman of the board, Oilon
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  • Christoffer Masar

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
    Mayor, City of Kauniainen
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    @chrisumasar
  • Jyrki Myllyvirta

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
    Mayor, City of Lahti
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  • Juha-Matti Saksa

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
    Principal, Lappeenranta University of Technology
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    @juhissaksa

    “Every day we fight for a better world by means of science. I work in a scientific community where curious people inspire each other. Without curiosity we can’t change the world. A curious person tries, fails and succeeds faster than others. As a university we have high quality know-how in clean energy, circular economy and responsible business and entrepreneurship. That’s why we want to build together the world’s most mind-blowing and vital Smart & Clean capital.”

  • Ossi Savolainen

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
    Regional Mayor, Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council Management
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  • Ville Tamminen

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
    Head of Division Finland, Caverion
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    @villetamminen
  • Janne Öhman

    Smart & Clean Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board
    CEO, Siemens Osakeyhtiö
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    @janne_ohman


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