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The eco-innovation landscape in Finland has been remaining quite stable over the last years. Importantly, Finland is still ranked as one of the most innovative countries in the world. Finnish eco-innovation continues to benefit from a well-developed innovation system, open economy, and close collaboration between industry, academia and national research organisations.

Energy efficiency and circular economy have been established as key high-level policy priorities, and related national and regional initiatives are manifold. Both start-ups and established companies generate technologies, products and services in several sectors relevant to eco-innovations and the circular economy. Applications range from a mobile app designed to rescue leftover food from restaurants to pioneering energy management solutions and transformative products based on material recycling.

One of the most important policy developments is the inclusion of circular economy as a priority in the Strategic Programme of the Finnish Government from 2016 onwards. The Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy also published the Strategy to Promote Cleantech Business in Finland in 2014, which continues to guide policymaking and business initiatives. Other important strategies and programmes relevant to eco-innovations and the circular economy include the Finnish Bioeconomy Strategy (2014), the Finnish Material Efficiency Programme (2014), and the new Circular Economy focus area (2016) in Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund.

The main challenges for eco-innovation in the country are associated with the weak national economy and decreasing public and private research and development  (R&D) spending .

2015 Eco-innovation Scoreboard ranking and eco-innovation index composites for Finland

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Eriksson Architects Ltd is committed to sustainable design solutions in building design and urban planning. The company creates plans for new urban areas concerning large city areas as well as smaller towns and villages. The core idea is to implement sustainable values in all building design covering both new and refurbishment and create methods to renovate old energy-consuming areas in a way that the energy and electricity consumption is reduced and the water and natural resources conserved. Within this framework the company offers overall concepts and designs for eco-cities. Their eco-cities include sustainable energy planning, carbon control, infrasture and traffic planning.

Eriksson Architects Ltd was established in 1979 and its main focus is on sustainable design solutions in building design and urban planning. The company is committed to develop and implement latest environmental initiatives and technologies. The company creates plans for new urban areas concerning large city areas as well as smaller towns and villages. The core idea is to implement sustainable values in all building designs covering both new and refurbishment. The company aims at creating methods to to renovate old energy-consuming areas in a way that the energy and electricity consumption is reduced and the water and natural resources conserved. Within this framework the Erikkson Arhictect company offers overall concepts and designs for eco-cities. Their eco-cities include sustainable energy planning, carbon control, infrastructure, and traffic planning. The concept includes landscape desing. A successful example of their eco-city model is e.g. in China, Mentogou Eco Valley that combines research institutes with environmentally friendly and eco-efficient urban living fo 50,000 inhabitants.

Barriers and Drivers

Good user acceptance and demand for green building. Insufficient legislation and political guidance, need for investments, potential high cost particularly in refurbishment. Improvements in resource efficiency improves the market value of properties. 

Economic Performance

Cost-efficiency in the long run.

Social Performance

Landscape and user-friendliness are taken into considerations in the planning; heatlhier and cleaner environment; create wellfare.

Environmental Impact

Reduces the ecological footprint of construction through resource efficiency and more sustainble solutions: recution in materials, energy use and in the need for transportation. Reduction of GHG emissions.

Further Information

http://www.cleantechfinland.com/solutions/green_construction/eriksson_architects_ltd/

http://www.eriarc.fi/

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