The larger cities and towns in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, along with the Regions of Southern Finland want to make an impact on the Article 6 in the suggested EU Nature Restoration Law by sharing their proposals for amendments. In its current wording, the Article would significantly complicate sustainable growth in Finnish cities and towns. It would in fact, on the contrary to its aim, lead to urban sprawl harmful for both nature and climate.
The Regions4Climate project brings together 44 partners from twelve different European regions to demonstrate innovations that enhance societal resilience to the impacts of climate change, in line with the Paris Agreement and the EU Green Deal. The Helsinki-Uusimaa Region is one of the partner regions.
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and The Union of Harju County Municipalities signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Tallinn on 30 December 2022. The cooperation aims to increase the international attractiveness and accessibility of both the regions and contributes to integrating them more tightly together.
In the current changing geopolitical environment, the importance of information and experience exchange, as well as common solutions for the development of secure supply chains and sustainable transport infrastructure were emphasized by the Chairs of the Alliance.
Environmentally smart Helsinki-Uusimaa and Successful Helsinki-Uusimaa are two of the three priorities of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Programme. Important steps towards these goals are now being taken, as the regional actors of circular economy are about to use new ways to meet with the challenges of sustainable and responsible production, and consumption.
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council launched the programme Science Meets Regions in Helsinki-Uusimaa in early 2022. The intensive project was also completed this year, and the results are clearly visible.
Event in Helsinki from 5 to 7 October 2022, where more than forty participants from all over Europe gathered to learn about Finnish smart and sustainable mobility solutions and projects that could be replicated in their home cities.
Ossi Savolainen is one of three new vice chairpersons of Scandria®Alliance, a network collaborating for the Scandinavian-Mediterranean TEN-T corridor that is running from Finland (via Scandinavia) to the Adriatic Sea. The Minister of Transport of Brandenburg in Germany, Guido Beermann, continues as Chairperson of the Alliance for another two years.
Representatives for seven European entrepreneurial regions met in Helsinki for the final iEER project event in the middle of September 2022. The project was overall appreciated for furthering sustainable entrepreneurship. Experiences about innovation activities were shared.
Good business prospects for the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region to produce textiles by recycling - as stated in a recent BRIDGES project report. The strengths and weaknesses of a production of this kind, along with the possibilities of collaboration, were presented in a current report on value chain mapping in regional recycled textile processes.