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




Smart infrastructures for electric mobility in built Environments

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Aalto University, is a multidisciplinary university that was established in 2010  when the Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and the Unversity of Art and Design Helsinki merged. The university aims to provide a strong multidisciplinary education and research, aiming at becoming one the leading institutions in the world in terms of research, education and its own specialised disciplines.

The Smart Infrastrucres for Electric Mobility in built Environments (SIMB) is a project of Aalto University and funded by the Finnish Agency for Technology and Innovation. The project started in 2010 with a broad stockholder value analysis involving industry, public authorities and end-users. The overall aim of the project is to significantly accelerate the introduction of sustainable electric mobility in Finland with a focus on built environment. The scenario is based on the smart energy production and distribution scenario, in which the batteries of the electric and hybrid vehicles will deliver energy on demand to the grid. The aim is to prepare the Finnish industrial players and consumers for the energy–transition paradigm.

In the frame of the Tekes' Sustainable Community Programme, the SIMB project aims at complementing the real estate and the building based concepts of sustainability, and thus the project comprises electro-tehcnical solutions in the areas of the charging infrastructure, sustainable mobility schemes related to energy systems as well as the identification of value creation logics of electric mobility.

Barriers and Drivers
Drivers : Growing user acceptance of electric cars (however, lack of knowledge of end-user behaviour may hinder the market growth).
Barriers: Problems in market entry (chicken-egg problem), but market penetration depends also on funding and policy measures (e.g. tax or cost reduction policies). Insuffient funding and allocation are a huge barrier in terms of market penetration.

Economic Performance
The project creates valuable information on costt-efficiency  and market size of potential solutions for the smart infrastructure (for electric cars/ built environment), and in realisation it would create cost savings (in energy and materials) but also create new business models. 

Social Performance
The project creates  knowledge of end-user expectations for electric mobility. In its realisation the smart infrastructure (for electric cars/ built environment) it is expected to create new jobs and improve living conditions and health by reducing emissions.

Environmental Impact
The project itself creates significant assessments related to the barriers, life cycles and solutions for more sustainable infrastructures. In its realisation the smart infrastructure (for electric cars/ built environment) would effect on energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions.

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