In a drastic turn to eliminate coal as the main source of district heating, The City of Helsinki today kicks off the Helsinki Energy Challenge – a global one million euro competition to find the future of urban heating. With the aim to find a solution sustainable in the long term, ideas presented must not rely on fossil fuel or biomass fired heating.
With the aim of becoming carbon-neutral by 2035 and with coal banned from energy production in Finland from 2029, Helsinki is strongly dedicated to the decarbonisation of cities. Several cities already have ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions. The City of Helsinki takes things one step further in declaring that it will not rely on biomass-fired heating, making the city’s energy... Read more »
Mikko Suominen has fulfilled his duties well: the reuse of materials from excavation work has increased by nearly ten-fold. During 2014–2018, smart reuse of materials from excavation work has been promoted by a development programme, which has saved approximately 37 million euros.
The implementation process of the first OmaStadi projects begins at the end of February. Follow the progress of the participatory budgeting projects at the omastadi.hel.fi service.
A site for following up on the projects has been opened as part of the omastadi.hel.fi platform. The site has information about the projects and is being updated continuously. There is information about, among other things, the content, prices, locations, timelines and contact persons of the projects. Through the website, residents can also comment on projects in the implementation ... Read more »
The City of Helsinki recently donated 50,000 euros to Baltic Sea protection, for use in a new Baltic Sea Challenge (BSC) campaign. The BSC network will purchase between three and five ideas for 1-6 month “speedy experiments” that contain innovative solutions or targeted interventions for preventing plastic waste in the Helsinki area.
A city tournament is underway in Jätkäsaari encouraging residents to move sustainably. By completing mobility tasks, contestants accrue points for Helsinki in the Sustainable City Tournament.
The metropolitan area service map is an excellent tool for the person who wants to find Helsinki’s service units or information about their accessibility or the routes to them. On the service map you can find, among other things, the day-care centre, culture centre or sports hall closest to you.
Six European cities – Helsinki, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Paris, Stavanger and Tallinn – join forces in a new project named AI4Cities. The project challenges enterprises, researchers and others to develop solutions utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to generate cuts to carbon dioxide emissions.
Helsinki emphasizes the utilization of data and AI in its digitalization programme to achieve the city’s climate goals. The participating cities’ respective programmes to cut carbon dioxide emissions emphasize emissions from transport and housing. Consequently, the AI4Cities project focuses on emissions generated from transport and traffic as well as the energy consumption of buildi... Read more »
Helsinki has been named the No1 city in the world for families in 2020, according to a new study.
Helsinki was handed the accolade after researchers analysed 150 cities and 16 factors including paid parental leave, high-quality education, healthcare, employment rates and general affordability. And parents living in each location were polled on what they think about where they live. Quebec in Canada comes second in the ranking and Oslo third. The study was made by relocation firm ... Read more »
Licentiate of Social Sciences and Urban Researcher Hanna Harris has been chosen for the position of chief design officer at the City of Helsinki. There were 50 applicants to the job. Harris will start her job on 9 March. She will transfer to the City of Helsinki from her current position as director at Archinfo Finland.
City of Helsinki’s new Chief Design Officer Hanna Harris is specialised in making architecture and design visible, and making use of the opportunities they present in society. Previously, Harris has worked as programme director for Helsinki Design Week and the Finnish Institute in London. Design and architecture are essential contributors to the international competitiveness of Helsi... Read more »
Helsinki was ranked highly in several smart city comparisons in 2019. In addition to Helsinki being named the European Capital of Smart Tourism, other accolades included Kalasatama’s digital twin winning first prize at TechFest and the Helsinki-Uusimaa region being ranked the most innovative region in Europe.
1. European Capital of Smart Tourism The European Commission named Helsinki last year’s European Capital of Smart Tourism. Several areas in Helsinki, such as Kalasatama, are constantly attracting innovation tourists interested in smart city solutions. 2. The best digital twin in Helsinki’s Kalasatama Read more »