1. Helsinki lighthouse

    Carbon-neutral industry

    makes a profit by producing solutions that meet climate change challenges

  2. Musiikkitalo

    Companies play a key role

    in achieving climate targets. Innovations, products and solutions will promote sustainable practices, improve the competitive edge, create new business and boost a managed transition towards a carbon-neutral society.

  3. Vuosaaren satama kurotin

    Large companies are paving the way

    for a transition that will sweep through all industrial sectors. The change will be supported by promoting low-carbon ecosystems in the Finnish market, which will enhance the transition throughout the value chain.

  4. Helsinki cathedral

    Helsinki region as a reference area

    Finnish companies need a reference area on an international scale for developing new low-carbon solutions, testing innovations and showcasing their cleantech expertise. The Helsinki metropolitan area can provide this and boost Finland's competitiveness.

  5. Building blocks for future growth

    Sitra helps companies towards carbon neutrality by providing building blocks for the transition. Companies can combine these at their own pace to create plans for long-term carbon neutrality strategies.

  6. Transition towards carbon neutrality

    enables companies to face global climate challenges and improve their competitive edge. Cleantech provides companies with opportunities for growth through solutions that support carbon neutrality.

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      8 months ago by Tuula Sjöstedt

Big firms are paving the way towards carbon neutrality

Companies play a key role in the achievement of climate targets: they can produce innovations, products and solutions that help the move towards a carbon-neutral society. Doing so also enhances their competitiveness. All industrial activities – from material and energy flows to production – must be included in the transition. The development of low-carbon products and services will create important export opportunities, enhance competitiveness and lower the risks related to the transition process.

In 2014, Sitra launched a project in which a group of leading Finnish firms committed themselves to providing the solutions needed to take us closer to a carbon-neutral Finland. The project builds on the national Energy and Climate Roadmap 2050 from a business perspective and feeds to the development of the national energy and climate strategy. The operating model drawn up by the participating companies will set an example for others and encourage them to follow suit.

The project will also be producing some background reports to provide decision-makers with comparative data and facts, while helping companies making the transition towards carbon-neutrality.

Future success stories will be based on resource wisdom

Solving global environmental problems is a lucrative business and a major opportunity for Finland. Carbon neutrality provides companies with a strategic competitive edge. Those companies that are among the first to understand this will be the most successful in the future. If big firms fail to get on board, the transition will not take place in time. Large companies are the locomotives which must pull the entire value network into the transition, the ones that need to lead the change and bring with them the established cleantech companies, most of which are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and who play a vital role in enhancing local economies by creating jobs.

Many companies in Finland and elsewhere have already begun to make the transition. They consider low-carbon products and solutions to be strategic, competitive assets. But the transition needs to pick up speed. Investors have also come to understand the carbon risk associated with investment portfolios full of carbon-dependent companies. This will join climate risks, technology risks and financial risks as a major investment criterion.

Finland has made a commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95% by 2050. This is an all-embracing transition that will have an impact on the whole of society. The transition will occur slowly and require long-term investments. Solutions we choose today need to be sustainable in 2050, as well. As a first step, businesses, production and products should become low-carbon, significantly lowering the existing emission levels.

Transforming the Helsinki metropolitan area into a leading cleantech reference area

Finnish companies need a reference area on an international scale, in which new low-carbon solutions will be designed for the circular economy, innovations will be tested and cleantech expertise will be showcased. The Helsinki metropolitan area can provide a suitable setting for all such activities. The Helsinki Metropolitan Smart & Clean Foundation started in June 2016 with Tiina Kähö as its Managing Director.

Sitra supports the cities and key companies of the Helsinki region in the creation of a leading cleantech metropolitan area. We are also lending our support to the achievement of the objectives set in the Finnish government's Strategic programme for cleantech, aimed at making Finland a global leader in cleantech by 2020.

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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

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

Event Nordic Green to Scale at Nordregio 2016

The Nordregio Forum 2016 gathers together over 150 innovators, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from different organisations from all over the Nordic countries and elsewhere in Europe. This year's theme is the transition from a fossil to a bio-based and sustainable economy. In the session titled Regions as engines for green transition , Sitra's Senior Advisor Oras Tynkkynen ...

2 months ago by Tuula Sjöstedt

Event Climate Impact Assessment of Companies Listed on Nasdaq Helsinki 2016

Sustainability and climate issues have become more and more important to investors, companies and the stock exchange market. But where are the biggest climate risks in Finnish investment portfolios?   Sitra invites you to join us for the release of this year’s results of the climate impact screening of the companies listed on Nasdaq OMX Helsinki on 15 December 2016 at 09.00-10.30 at Hotel...

3 months ago by Tuula Sjöstedt


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