The City of Espoo has, since 1999, been doing its part in helping to reduce the negative effects of climate change.  From 1999 onward, energy conservation has been a central priority governing all of Espoo’s development efforts.  These early ambitions were further formalized in 2007 with the introduction of a joint climate strategy for the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, including the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen, in which the cities committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 39%, as compared to Kyoto (1990) baseline levels, by the year 2030.

Espoo’s vision for the future is defined by preserving the very qualities which make the city such an ideal place to live, such as: a versatile and thriving natural environment, enjoyable living areas, efficient public transportation network and provides a wide range of high quality services for residents as well as local businesses.

In line with its strategy and vision Espoo has been actively networking with key stakeholders in the city to establish new initiatives that will support the objectives that are stated in the 2020 vision. In this respect the Eco Urban Living initiative has a key role in the implementation of the strategy. The ultimate goal is to establish Espoo as a globally leading regional innovation ecosystem emphasizing sustainability with the Aalto Campus area as the physical innovation hub.

The Eco Urban Living project is expected to bring concrete demonstration results for how to realize the ambition of establishing an innovation climate that emphasizes sustainability and how this ambition can be supported by physical infrastructures and city planning.