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The objective of the ‘Ilmastopositiiviset yritysalueet ja arvoketjut’ (climate-positive industrial areas and value chains) project is to support cities in reaching their ambitious climate goals. The CircHubs ILPO project incorporates companies’ value chains and circular economy hubs into climate work, which needs input from all operators in society.

The objective is to help companies find new, low-emissions and carbon-binding solutions and cooperation models, create carbon roadmaps for circular economy hubs and generate internationally interesting reference sites for climate-positive industrial areas. Carbon roadmaps can be used to verify emissions and find solutions for minimising climate effects as well as to work towards climate-positive operations and processes. In terms of value chains, the project looks at energy, raw material and material flows between companies.

The project also examines the impact of new operating methods and processes on business economics, in addition to climate impact. The project develops and pilots operating methods with industrial areas focusing on circular economy, industrial companies and companies offering solutions. These operating models facilitate the development of emissions calculation and compensation models, measurement of carbon balances, review of value chains and piloting of new technologies.

The ILPO project transforms circular economy hubs in the Six City Strategy cities into reference sites for climate-positive industrial areas, where we look for and pilot solutions required for climate-positivity. Examples of these solutions include developing carbon sinks through various processes, such as pyrolysis and hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL). Finland also contains several landfills that have either been closed down or are about to be closed, and these landfills will be examined to see if they could be commissioned for producing biochar.

The ILPO project utilises the company network built in the already finished Six City Strategy project CircHubs along with the project brand, communications channels and platforms.

The project is coordinated by the City of Turku, other partners include Business Tampere, Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto, Tampere University and the City of Vantaa. The project period is 1 April 2020–31 December 2021 with a budget of EUR 1,031,302.

Further information:
Outi Laikko
Project Manager
City of Turku
tel. +358 50 559 0799, outi.laikko(at)