Tampere, 173 km northwest of Helsinki, is Finland’s third largest city. The city is situated alongside the Tammerkoski-rapids and between two lakes, and thanks to its location, it was one of the first industrial centers in Finland in the 19th century. Tampere is one of Finland’s fastest growing regions, the city itself is home to over 210,000 residents while the population of the surrounding area reaches nearly 500,000.

The urban environment in Tampere is pleasant and safe, and the aim is to keep Tampere that way through city planning and care of the environment. In this interest Tampere pays special attention to the welfare of the environment. The ecological effects of decisions and activities are assessed and the environment is also taken into account in business life, land use planning and all activities of the authorities.

The Tampere City Strategy, set by the City Council in 2013, aims to reduce climate emissions 40 % by 2025 compared to 1990 levels. This goal is supported by the City’s climate strategy which sets reduction targets for various sections and prepares for the effects of climate change.

The City of Tampere has also undertaken an ambitious project which addresses its climate targets. The ECO2 – Eco-efficient Tampere 2020 project was initiated in 2010 and is supported by Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund. The ECO2 project will continue through 2020, which is the target year of EU climate commitments. The objectives set for the ECO2 program are:

  • Implementing Tampere’s climate commitments
  • Developing operation methods in urban development
  • Supporting the growth of the environment business
  • Assuming the role of a forerunner in environmental matters

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.