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Achieving carbon neutrality at the city level requires the participation of all actors in the city community. Emissions from logistics and construction site machinery and transports account for a significant share of the total traffic emissions of cities.

The Carbon Neutral and Resource Wise Industrial Areas project focuses on reducing the emissions of construction sites, port companies and heavy traffic.

Companies need support in preparing their own carbon neutrality plans. The aim of the HNRY project is bringing together cities and research institutions that have a shared interest in creating carbon neutral industrial areas. The project involves urging companies that have already made strides in lowering their carbon emissions towards carbon neutrality, and coaching other companies on how to initiate relevant measures. Energy-efficient industrial areas that follow circular economy principles benefit cities, companies, the parties serving as operators and coordinators in industrial areas and the developers and providers of innovative solutions.

  • Helsinki’s aim is to find and implement measures for reducing the emissions of construction sites and the port, to prepare a roadmap for a carbon neutral port and to create a concept for an emissions-free construction site.
  • Espoo will conceptualise and pilot ways of reducing the emissions produced at construction sites and of improving the recycling of construction materials.
  • In Turku, the Blue Industry Park area is being built into a carbon neutral and resource-efficient production and innovation cluster for maritime and manufacturing industries.
  • Vantaa is working together with companies based in its economic zone to develop a concept for encouraging companies to commit to developing and implementing low-carbon and waste-free solutions.
  • VTT will conceptualise and test operating models that promote carbon neutrality and resource wisdom in collaboration with companies. VTT’s efforts in the project will focus on the Bioruukki pilot centre in Kivenlahti, Espoo. Bioruukki is the largest bioeconomy research environment in the Nordic countries. The project’s focus area is the plastics produced in industrial areas and their utilisation.
  • The workshops of business enabler Bastu of the University of Turku’s Finland Futures Research Centre will bring together entrepreneurs and experts working in the project’s carbon neutral industrial areas.

The main implementer of the HNRY project is the City of Helsinki. The other project partners are the City of Espoo, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Turku Science Park, the University of Turku / Finland Futures Research Centre and the City of Vantaa.

The project will run from 1 May 2019 to 28 February 2021 and has a budget of EUR 1 170 776.

Further information:
Jari Viinanen
Environmental Inspector, Climate Change issues
City of Helsinki
jari.viinanen(at)hel.fi
tel. +358 (0)50 342 6023