1. Resource wisdom

    The decrease in natural resources, population growth and climate change is forcing global societies to become more efficient and cut emissions. Wiser use of resources is now an asset in international competition.

  2. Towards resource wisdom

    Investing in regional resource efficiency increases ecological sustainability, but the benefits also manifest themselves in improved financial and social well-being. Energy efficiency increases, there are lower emissions, the local economy is enhanced and self-sufficiency increases.

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      Resource-wise cities reduce their emissions and consumption of natural resources, while enhancing the well-being of local residents. Resource...

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      In the last two years, the participation of regions in the battle against climate change has been moving at a fast pace in Finland.

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Resource-wise regions help local residents, the economy and the environment to flourish

Resource depletion, population growth and climate change will force nations across the world to improve their efficiency and reduce emissions. The circular economy, energy efficiency and co-operation between companies to reduce raw material consumption will become everyday phenomena. Wise use of resources is rapidly becoming an international competitive edge.

In the 2013-2015 joint project Towards Resource Wisdom, Sitra and the City of Jyväskylä developed an operating model through which cities and municipalities can promote the wise use of natural resources and create the preconditions for sustainable well-being and success. The operating model was piloted in Forssa, Lappeenranta and Turku in spring 2015, by drawing up a resource wisdom road map for each city.

From June 2015, the joint Network of Finnish Sustainable Cities and Municipalities (or the FISU Network) – whose initial members are Forssa, Jyväskylä, Lappeenranta and Turku – will continue these resource wisdom efforts. Other municipalities can join the network in the future (read more about FISU).

Cities and municipalities can use the resource wisdom operating model to strengthen their regional economies and enhance employment, to create new business opportunities for local companies, and to enhance the well-being of local residents. In accordance with a study commissioned by Sitra, taking nine resource-wise steps in the Jyväskylä region would bring 100 million euros a year in added value to the local economy and create some 1,000 new jobs. It would also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 500,000 tonnes a year. As the numbers grow and cover an increasing range of activities, the positive impacts on the economy and environment should intensify.

In a resource-wise area, residents can make their town a more desirable place to live by making their local environment more sustainable at grass-roots level. As part of the joint project by Sitra and the City of Jyväskylä, a range of practical trials proposed by local residents and pilots related to activities such as the reduction of food waste, traffic and housing were implemented. In resource-wise regions, companies can find opportunities to test and develop new solutions subject to rising demand on global markets in particular.

Municipalities target carbon neutrality and zero waste

Member cities and municipalities in the FISU Network intend to make all activities in their region carbon neutral and waste free, while bringing their use of natural resources within the earth’s carrying capacity by 2050 at the latest. Four indicators are used on a regular basis to evaluate the region’s development steps towards resource wisdom: 1) carbon footprint; 2) ecological footprint; 3) material loss; and 4) the perceived well-being of city residents. The FISU Network service centre will provide expert assistance to municipalities in calculating these indicators.

During the Towards Resource Wisdom project, methods were also developed for describing regional resource flows and planning the sustainable use of natural resources: regional resource flows model (in Finnish).

Read more about the project and its outcomes: Finnish cities engage residents in sustainable development
 

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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...

2 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

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

Publication Nordic green to scale

2015 was a year of commitments. From now on every year has to be a year of action. To achieve the goals set in the Paris agreement countries need to ramp up their climate efforts significantly. And we need to do it fast. The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra has teamed up with the Nordic Council of Ministers and distinguished institutions from all other Nordic countries to answer a simple question:...

Oras Tynkkynen (ed.)

Publication Nordic green to scale

2015 was a year of commitments. From now on every year has to be a year of action. To achieve the goals set in the Paris agreement countries need to ramp up their climate efforts significantly. And we need to do it fast. The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra has teamed up with the Nordic Council of Ministers and distinguished institutions from all other Nordic countries to answer a simple question:...

Oras Tynkkynen (ed.)

Publication Technical report

This technical report serves as a basis for the flagship report on the Nordic Green to Scale project. The project was led by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers Climate and Air Pollution Group KoL, CICERO, CONCITO, the University of Iceland Institute for Sustainability Studies and the Stockholm Environment Institute. The technical report was...

Jan Ivar Korsbakken and Borgar Aamaas (CICERO)

Article Blog: No election result changes this

Recent elections have led to a lively debate about the future of climate action. But climate solutions will continue to make progress.

3 months ago by Oras Tynkkynen

Other site Green Growth: Nordic Green to Scale shows potential of scaling up Nordic low-carbon solutions

The Nordic Green to Scale project has identified fifteen low-carbon solutions that have been successfully implemented in the Nordic region, and analysed their scalability and potential to reduce emissions if they were applied globally. The results will be released at the Nordic Pavilion at the COP 22 conference in Marrakech on 16 November. Read more in an article by the Green Growth webmagazine.

3 months ago from site nordicway.org

Event Nordic Green to Scale in Marrakech

Our flagship report demonstrates, how much emissions could be reduced, if best Nordic low-carbon solutions were scaled up globally.

4 months ago by Tuula Sjöstedt

Publication Scientific support for sustainable development policies

In an ever more complex world, we are in dire need of integrative tools to solve widespread societal and sustainability concerns. The development of science-policy interfaces is often omitted in sustainable development policy documents both nationally and globally. Does the scientific support for sustainable development policies really work well enough to warrant this indifference, or are we...

Roope Kaaronen

Publication Scientific support for sustainable development policies

In an ever more complex world, we are in dire need of integrative tools to solve widespread societal and sustainability concerns. The development of science-policy interfaces is often omitted in sustainable development policy documents both nationally and globally. Does the scientific support for sustainable development policies really work well enough to warrant this indifference, or are we...

Roope Kaaronen


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