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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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Material flow eco-inn…

Material flow eco-innovation – Sustainable solution to reuse batteries and accumulators

Within the past few years, AkkuSer Ltd. has created a profitable business from recycling batteries and accumulators used in wireless products, such as digital cameras,... Read more

20 May 2011 Hits:6265 Finland

Product eco-innovatio…

Product eco-innovation – Solution to product energy from biomass cleaner and more energy efficiently

Kemira Plc operates in chemicals industry and is focused on serving customers in water-intensive industries. Their aim is to improve the energy, water and raw... Read more

20 May 2011 Hits:7217 Finland

Marketing innovation …

Marketing innovation – Waste flows turned into high quality fashion

Globe Hope Ltd. has created a design concept by turning existing (waste) materials into individual design clothes, accessories and textiles, and thus reduces the use... Read more

20 May 2011 Hits:6740 Finland

Eco-city concept

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... Read more

20 Mar 2012 Hits:7103 Finland

Green business model …

Watrec Ltd is specialised in environmental engineering and science. The company offers a comprehensive model that involves plant and processes for waste materials and wastewater... Read more

20 Mar 2012 Hits:5726 Finland

Smart infrastructures…

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... Read more

20 Mar 2012 Hits:3492 Finland

New more efficient an…

Ruukki has developed a long-lasting and recyclable concept for special steel products that are light and cost-effective. In 2010, the company began to apply its... Read more

20 Mar 2012 Hits:4096 Finland

Savosolar MPE AI Abso…

MPE AI Absorber is a new type of direct-flow absorber of a solar collector. In brief, the absorber is a construction inside the collector that... Read more

20 Mar 2012 Hits:5270 Finland

ISmart Codon Permutat…

Metgen Ltd has applied laccase enzyme for cleantech applications by developing enzymes for biomass treatment. The enzymes are used for energy savings in the pulp... Read more

20 Mar 2012 Hits:3766 Finland

Green design and eco …

Green design and eco luxuries

EDEL City is a design shop that sells only ethically and ecologically produced luxury items. In other words, the so caled high-design eco-luxury items sold... Read more

04 Dec 2012 Hits:3288 Finland

WaveRoller Techonolog…

WaveRoller Techonology

AW-Energy developed and patented an ocean or wave energy concept WaveRoller that uses the surge pehnomenon for energy generation. The WaveRoller technology is a single... Read more

04 Dec 2012 Hits:3781 Finland

GreenRiders

GreenRiders

GreenRiders is an online and mobile solution that facilitates car-sharing with vechicals ranging from  private cars to taxis to rental car rides. It is an... Read more

04 Dec 2012 Hits:2454 Finland

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