Cleantech – a key to the Eastern Uusimaa region's success

Located in the south of Finland, roughly 50 km east of Helsinki, the Eastern Uusimaa region is home to the towns of Porvoo and Loviisa. Porvoo is Finland’s second oldest town and home to 48 700 inhabitants and Loviisa is home to 15 500 residents, together the towns form the thriving center of the eastern Uusimaa province’s economy. The area is home to robust electrotechnical and petrochemical industries, including companies such as the Ensto Group, Schneider Electric, Neste Oil, and Borealis Polymers.

 The cleantech industry encompasses a variety of products, services, and processes which support the sustainable consumption of natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Building on the strong foundation which these industrial companies provide, the area has become a focus of Finland’s growing cleantech industry. The area’s cleantech development is divided between traditional industrial companies which have adopted a new focus on increasing sustainability and low-carbon development in their operations and innovative, new companies advancing future focused technologies as well as engineering and manufacturing services.

Together, the Eastern Uusimaa region’s companies form a substantial center for advancing several key elements of low-carbon and environmentally sustainable development. The cleantech industry accounts for a significant portion of the region’s total revenue, exports, work-force, and corporate tax revenue. 

The Cities of Porvoo and Loviisa together with Southern Finland's European Regional Development Fund funded an initiative to support the development of the Eastern Uusimaa region’s cleantech industry.

Read more about the SmartCityHub initiative.

 

 

Programs

Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.