On the 7th of June, a framework agreement was signed between the City of Espoo, Valmet Automotive, Fortum, Nokia and Synocus. The companies agreed to a joint project to develop the T3 area (Otaniemi-Keilaniemi-Tapiola) to become an internationally recognized platform for eco-conscious urban living (Press release 7.6.2010).

 

The objective of the City of Espoo is to shape the T3 area in collaboration with other parties to become a Living Lab type of environment, where the tightening environmental requirements have been taken into account in the planning process. The initiative operates closely with Aalto University and VTT, to make Espoo a globally leading competence center for electric vehicles.

The Eco Urban Living initiative also creates a foundation for international cooperation between leading companies, cities and universities. The Sino-Finnish Innovativeness Forum is going to be organized in September, and it will follow a similar conference held last March in Shenzhen, China.

The signing ceremony in Espoo went well and also attained extensive coverage in the press. Eco Urban Living has been widely reported in the daily newspapers in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, and also in radio and
television. Other news media to report on the subject were e.g. Tekniikka & Talous, Kuntalehti, Länsiväylä, Prosessori and It-viikko (all links in finnish).

 

Below are some photographs from the signing ceremony:

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