A new Finnish online service provides citizens, experts and businesses with a channel for sharing information on a variety of climate-related topics.
8 May 2012
New showcase for climate-friendly action
A new online service to collect and distribute
information on climate-friendly action has been
launched in Finland. The service provides citizens,
businesses, organizations and experts with a channel
for sharing and acquiring information on a variety
of climate-related topics, including the energy
efficiency of buildings, and renewable energy
The service, opened by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), already includes 142
implemented measures. Many of these projects have not only reduced energy consumption, but
resulted in considerable financial savings for the party implementing them.
The service was developed as part of the Carbon Neutral Municipalities (HINKU) project, bringing
municipalities, businesses and citizens together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The service is
implemented in cooperation with users, i.e. private persons, businesses, communities and expert
"The online service provides information on practical solutions, users' experiences, profitability,
costs and climate impacts. It meets increasing demand for concrete information on measures related
to energy efficiency or decentralized energy production,” says Professor Jyri Seppälä, the Finnish
“In future, the system will also serve as a tool for monitoring changes in overall emissions by the
forerunner municipalities participating in the Carbon Neutral Municipalities project."
Anyone can add information on climate-friendly action and energy projects to the online service.
Likewise, anyone can browse and share cases added by others, for instance through social media
For example, as a basis for decision-making, homeowners and terraced house residents can find
information on renovations to enhance the energy efficiency of oil-heated detached houses, power
production based on wind power plants and solar panels, or building a passive house.
Municipalities completed a number of measures
Municipalities participating in the project include Kuhmoinen, Mynämäki, Padasjoki, Parikkala
and Uusikaupunki. They have committed to an 80 percent emission reduction by 2030, from the
level of 2007. In addition, six new municipalities have joined the project and are preparing to set
emission reduction targets.
These municipalities have completed hundreds of measures to curb climate change. By the end of
the year, the intention is to collect all measures implemented by the municipalities since 2007 into
the online service.
Information has been collected not only by the Finnish Environment Institute and Sitra - The
Finnish Innovation Fund but also by a number of Finnish organizations, companies and private
Project partners include also the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the Association of Finnish Local
and Regional Authorities, Motiva, Union of the Baltic Cities Commission on Environment, the
Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) and the Department of
Surveying of the Aalto University.
Examples of projects included in the online service
Photo: Savumax Oy
A five-apartment terraced house was planned, with a special focus on
energy efficiency. Each apartment has a chimney accumulator installed in a
heat accumulating fireplace, solar cells on the roof and passive ground heat,
using pre-heating in the ventilation system. All of this will cost around
8,000 euros more than traditional solutions, with the savings amounting to
some 2,000 euros per year. Annual emissions will be 25 tonnes lower than
those of standard solutions.
The Keskitalo Garden replaced heavy oil with
wood chips, saving some 2,000 tonnes in
emissions every year. In addition, LED lighting
is being tested in order to replace high pressure
sodium lamps. It is estimated that transfer from
Photo: Suomen Megawatti oil to wood chips will pay itself back in five
Almost all municipal properties implemented a
number of water-saving measures. The total cost
of these measures amounted to 15,000 euros, and
the project will pay itself back in under two
years' time. Costs have been monitored for over
Photo: Innotek Oy a year now and the average savings come to 30
percent, with around 17 tonnes cut from
The old oil-fuelled boiler of the Tarnala village
school was replaced with a wood-chip fuelled
heating system. Annual savings total around
9,000 euros and emissions have been reduced by
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