The City of Helsinki fosters testing opportunities for circular economy solutions, especially in the field of construction. We work together with end users, city employees and companies in order to develop new solutions in a real environment. If your company works in construction, demolition or building design, we invite you to work with us to improve the wellbeing in Helsinki.
Helsinki to pioneer circular economy facilitation
The City of Helsinki is launching a circular economy cluster program that aims to both promote circular economy innovations and business as well as also help the city further its climate goals. Companies, research institutes, universities as well as all other organisations interested in developing circular economy with concrete actions are invited to participate in the program.
Since the City of Helsinki has a strong role both as a client as well as a real estate developer and constructor in its own right, the circular economy cluster program will initially focus on improving circularity in the construction industry. The management and utilisation of material flows, for instance, requires multidisciplinary development as well as coordinated cooperation between different actors. Digital solutions and platform services have also important roles in advancing circular economy and new businesses based on it.
A large proportion of construction companies operate in the Helsinki metropolitan area or at least in the wider metropolitan area. As the material flows in the area are vast and the different functions are located quite close to each other, material transportation costs remain reasonable. Moreover, a significant number of companies and organisations who develop and provide new circular economy solutions are based in the area. If there is one place in Finland where the re-using, recycling and processing of recovered materials has the potential to develop into a profitable business, surely that place is the metropolitan area.
The first development measures are already about to be put into action
Participants of the circular economy cluster program are working together to improve the recycling and availability of building materials and building components. One of the first concrete measures is developing the concept and operating model for a platform ecosystem of material flows using the Vattuniemi pilot sites (buildings). There are 16 private company owned properties in the area that await demolition. Most of the buildings planned to be built in their place will be residential. The pilot project will look at how circular construction economy is affected by anticipation of the demolition surveys and then make use of the learnings to develop a platform ecosystem of material flows aimed at directing both demolition companies as well as the re-users of rescued materials towards a more circular construction economy.