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    Innovators are best placed to benefit from the transition to a sustainable society and achieve sustainable well-being, economic growth and greater competitiveness.

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Huge markets are open to pioneers of sustainable solutions

In the next five to ten years, Finland will have an unprecedented opportunity to create sustainable well-being and success from a carbon-neutral circular economy. The key challenge of our time is to discover ways to stimulate to economic growth and greater well-being that do not rely on fossil fuels and the overexploitation of natural resources. We are learning to adapt to life within planetary boundaries, in a situation where globalisation and power politics are becoming more intertwined.

The world is in urgent need of trailblazers. Accelerating population growth, depleting natural resources and the climate crisis are driving societies to improve efficiency and reduce emissions. The first to find solutions to these so-called wicked problems will succeed in the face of global competition. Despite being a small country, Finland could play a major role as a global problem-solver.

The circular economy goes hand in hand with the fight against climate change. Climate change cannot be prevented without resource wisdom and efficient use of resources.

Urbanisation is accelerating. Easy-to-use smart and clean solutions are set to become more common as people need new kinds of mobility, housing and energy solutions. Growing cities demand more sustainable food production. By meeting such demand with their own products and services, Finnish businesses would benefit from huge market opportunities. This would require engaging businesses, research organisations, cities, municipalities and the government in a new type of collaboration. One example of such collaboration is the Helsinki capital region’s Smart & Clean partnership project.

Decision-makers now have the opportunity to build a Finland in which businesses develop sustainable solutions to addressing the global challenges and pilot them in the domestic market. The outcome will be profitable business activities with high added value, which will help to put Finland on a new growth path and create jobs, income and sustainable well-being.

Sitra wants to accelerate this change by making it a national goal: we want to build a carbon-neutral circular economy for Finland. Being among the first to make this change will give Finland a competitive edge.

As an independent, neutral and responsible organisation, Sitra can build regenerative co-operation among various societal actors.

The carbon-neutral circular economy offers a sustainable competitive advantage

In a circular economy, materials and value remain in circulation for the maximum possible time, while services and smart solutions add value to products. Material wastage and waste generation are minimised. The consumer-driven business models for the circular economy focus area aim to find solutions that enable achieving these objectives.

Businesses and industry will play a crucial role in the global transition towards a carbon-neutral circular economy. They have the capacity to innovate and create the necessary products and solutions, while improving their own competitiveness. If Finnish businesses act quickly, they have the chance to join the world’s leading providers of more sustainable solutions. Practical tools for this are provided by the Carbon-neutral industry focus area.

The building of a more sustainable and competitive Finland has already begun. In recent years, Sitra has founded the FISU network of Finnish sustainable communities, promoted the creation of sustainable business ecosystems among companies (industrial symbiosis), brought together mining sector operators to form the Network for Sustainable Mining, and co-founded the Finnish local renewable energy association and the Climate Leadership Council (CLC). The CLC aims to help the business and industry sectors to grasp and maximise the opportunities associated with the fight against climate change.

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Blog Turning emissions into stone

The CarbFix project proves that carbon capture and storage is doable at an affordable price and within a fast time frame.

1 week ago by Oras Tynkkynen

Event High-level event on attractive climate solutions

How can the world scale up climate action in the current political landscape? How far can we go simply using existing low-carbon solutions? What role can Europe and Nordic countries play? These questions will be addressed at a high-level event organised by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the Norwegian Mission to the EU and the Nordic Council of Ministers. Our distinguished speakers will...

2 weeks ago by Oona Tiainen

Event Debat og lancering af Nordiske løsninger på globale udfordringer i København

Invitation til lancering og debat. Fem nordiske tænketanke og Nordisk Ministerråd står bag ny analyse som viser at 15 afprøvede nordiske løsninger kan reducere drivhusgasudledningen med 4 gigaton årligt hvis de bliver anvendt i andre dele af verdenen med lignende forudsætninger. Nordisk Energiforskning og det Internationale Energi Agentur (IEA) har endvidere fremlagt en analyse som anviser...

3 weeks ago by Oona Tiainen

Other site Video: Nordiska klimatlösningar som kan inspirera världen

The Nordic Council of Ministers together with Stockholm Environment Institute and Sitra arranged an inspiring breakfast seminar on 26 January in Stockholm. We presented the Nordic Green to Scale report in the event that also discussed what Sweden can do to live up to the ambiotions set by the Paris climate deal with president Trump in power. Nordiska ministerrådet och Stockholm Environment Institute välkomnar dig till ett inspirerande frukostseminarium på Kulturhuset där vi presenterar rapporten Green to Scale och diskuterar vad Sverige kan göra för att leva upp till Parisavtalets ambitioner med president Donald Trump vid makten.

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Other site Video: Nordic Green to Scale in Iceland

Video streaming from the event Nordic Climate Solutions in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 18 January 2017. The event presented the results from the Nordic Green to Scale study in Iceland.

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Event Nordiska klimatlösningar som kan inspirera världen

I ett inspirerande frukostseminarium på Kulturhuset i Stockholm diskuteras vad Sverige kan göra för att leva upp till Parisavtalets ambitioner med president Donald Trump vid makten.

1 month ago by Tuula Sjöstedt

Publication Five spearheads for sustainable development

Realisation of the UN's Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development requires both universality (working to achieve all goals everywhere) and strategic ability (selection and phasing of focus areas). Since all the 17 Agenda 2030 goals are interlinked, some key clusters of goals need to be identified in order to tackle the complex whole. The Finnish Government has been drafting a national...

Eeva Furman, Eva Heiskanen, Heikki Hiilamo, Tuuli Hirvilammi, Eeva Hellström, Janne Hukkinen, Jaakko Kiander, Anne Birgitta Pessi, Juho Saari

Event Opið málþing – Norrænar loflagslausnir: Green to Scale

Á málþinginu verður fjallað um þær 15 árangursríkar norrænu loftlagslausnir sem draga úr losun gróðurhúsalofttegunda á heimsvísu. Auk þess verður kynnt stuttlega hvaða aðferðum tilteknir aðilar beita á Akureyri í sama tilgangi. Markmiðið er að læra af því sem gert er á Norðurlöndum í þessum efnum með þeirri von um að hugmyndir kvikni um það til hvaða...

1 month ago by Tuula Sjöstedt

Publication Climate impact assessment of Nasdaq Helsinki

The leading climate change specialist, South Pole Group (SPG), together with Oekom Research AG (oekom) have been commissioned by Sitra to assess the climate impact of the companies listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Main Market. The results were compared against the equivalent impact of four other indexes; Nasdaq Stockholm, MSCI World, DAX and Eurostoxx 50, with a particular focus on the comparison with...

Robert Rosenberg, Harshpreet Singh (South Pole Group)

Event Nordic Green To Scale i Stockholm

Resultat av Nordic Green to Scale rapportet publiceras i Sverige på seminariet om kommissionens senaste energi- och klimatpaket Ren energi för alla i Europa.

2 months ago


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