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Photo: Lilli Linkola

In the Climate Street project, Iso Roobertinkatu in Helsinki as well as Tikkuraitti and Asematie in Vantaa were turned into Climate Streets, which were then used as testing areas for various pilot projects. The pilots conducted under the project, which concluded on 30 June 2017, aimed at facilitating the building of a low-carbon society capable of adapting to climate change. Furthermore, the project aimed to provide companies and cities with a test platform and reference area for testing new low-carbon products and services or operating models.

Photo: Viliina Evokari

The results of the Climate Street project included

  • Climate training for citizens.
  • Concepting and piloting of the ‘Viisaat vempaimet’ event, which showcased solutions for saving energy and monitoring energy consumption.
  • A chairperson’s club for housing company representatives.
  • Advice for real estate, housing companies and companies on promoting energy-efficiency and the utilisation potential of solar energy (including free of charge solar energy surveys, consultation visits by energy experts, ‘lightweight energy audits’, Climate Street guidebooks). Additionally, the project involved developing a cooperation model under which new waste collection containers were procured for Iso Roobertinkatu.
  • Agile piloting in collaboration with the 6Aika Smart Kalasatama programme, under the topics of
    – Resource Efficient Existing Buildings (REEB) at Eira High School for Adults
    – Zero Food Waste in cooperation with grocery stores for reducing food waste, with the aim of increasing the appeal of foods approaching their sell by date
    – Sustainable Meal: adding responsible meals to restaurant menus and organising workshops for restaurants on sustainable dishes.
  • Eco-efficient Restaurant Terrace competition. The aim of the competition was to find a new and innovative concept that could prolong the restaurant terrace season in Nordic conditions, without compromising on ecology.
  • Climate Street Tool Kit: the project’s lessons learned and best practices packaged and made freely available.
  • The Climate Street project led to the launch of new development projects, such as the My SmartLife project.

The Climate Street project consortium consisted of the the cities of Helsinki and Vantaa, Green Building Council Finland, the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY and Aalto University. The project was carried out between 1 September 2015 and 30 June 2017 and its budget was EUR 824 619.

Further information:
Viliina Evokari, Project Coordinator
City of Helsinki
tel. +358 (0)40 519 7544

Jari Viinanen, Environmental Inspector
City of Helsinki
tel. +358 (0)50 342 6023

Leena Maidell-Münster, Environmental Director
City of Vantaa
tel. +358 (0)40 042 7705