Eco Urban Living

In June 2010 the City of Espoo, Fortum, Nokia, Valmet Automotive and Synocus launched the Eco Urban Living initiative. As the first main activity the founding partners organized a participatory future mapping process, carried out during the second half of 2010, the result of which was a scenario report entitled Eco Urban Living 2020. This report offers a source of information regarding the impact of eco-conscious urban development on citizens. It is also a tool for raising awareness of these issues and inspiring officials and citizens to put these principles to use in their own cities.

The scenario report served as a basis when formulating the outline for the next phase of the initiative, the focus of which is how to make the City of Espoo a front runner in implementing new low carbon measures. A decision was made to establish a sizeable demonstration project to rapidly implement the ambitions identified during the scenario work. In spring 2011 Eco Urban Living became a key project in the national EVE-program, a national five-year program supported by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation.

The EVE –program will fund five testing and pilot projects in various cities around the country. The programs €100 million budget is comprised of €9.5 million of funding from the Ministry of Employment and the Economy in addition to €30 million of funding from Tekes and individual contributions from over 50 participants in the program’s various projects.