Helsinki searches sustainable city heating solutions: Global one million euro challenge competition launches today

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.

Soil and rock recycling saves the environment and euros

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.

Baltic Sea Challenge invites experiments to reduce marine litter

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. 

Looking for the city’s neighbourhood services? You can find them accessibly in one place on the service map

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.

Cuts to carbon emissions sought with artificial intelligence

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.

Hanna Harris appointed new chief design officer

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.

Helsinki ranked highly in smart city comparisons in 2019

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.