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The global Helsinki Energy Challenge continues, a one-million-euro competition determined to answer the question: How can we decarbonise the heating of Helsinki, using as little biomass as possible? The application phase of the Helsinki Energy Challenge ends on September 30th.

    The global Helsinki Energy Challenge continues, a one-million-euro competition determined to answer the question: How can we decarbonise the heating of Helsinki, using as little biomass as possible? The application phase of the Helsinki Energy Challenge ends on September 30th. Read more »

Helsinki Energy Challenge continues – registration phase prolonged

The coronavirus does not stop Helsinki's climate work. The schedule for the international Helsinki Energy Challenge has been altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the competition process remains intact despite the changes in the schedule.

The coronavirus does not stop Helsinki's climate work. The schedule for the international Helsinki Energy Challenge has been altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the competition process remains intact despite the changes in the schedule. Read more »

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.

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 »

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.

Enough soil has passed through Jätkäsaari over the last ten years to fill the volume of tens of Finnish Parliament Houses together. Rock materials from the West Metro construction and soil dredged from the seabed are reused in this new Helsinki district under construction.  Read more »

The implementation process of OmaStadi projects begins in February

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 »

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. 

The application period runs from 10 February to 22 March 2020. About 70 per cent of the waste that ends up in the Baltic Sea is plastic. Most of this comes from dining, smoking and discarded packaging, carried out to sea by rivers, drainage systems and wind. Read more »

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.

The metropolitan area service map has been rebuilt in January and its use has been made easier. The objective of the rebuilding was, above all, to improve the accessibility and the findability of the data. Read more »

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.

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 »

Best cities for families in 2020 revealed: Helsinki ranks first out of 150

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 »

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