Helsinki is one of the leading cities in the fight against climate change, with the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2035. The heating system is at the heart of the battle, as its emissions account for more than half of Helsinki’s total emissions. The City of Helsinki arranged the year-long international Helsinki Energy Challenge to find future-proof solutions to heat the city durin... Read more »
Helsinki Energy Challenge is an ambitious project with the aim of re-creating the urban heating. The global one-million-euro challenge competition seeks to answer the question: How can we decarbonise the heating of Helsinki, using as little biomass as possible? It is time to reveal the results of the competition. Who made it to the finals and how did those teams solve the heating cha... Read more »
The ten teams selected for the final phase of Helsinki Energy Challenge have submitted their final competition entries. The finalist entries include many different proposals on how Helsinki can stop using coal for heat production as sustainably as possible by 2029. The finalist teams were selected in November 2020, after which the teams participated in the co-creation phase of the ch... Read more »
The Helsinki Energy Challenge finalist teams took part in a three-day virtual bootcamp in order to hone their solutions even further to suit the context of Helsinki. Each team had a full individual program filled with one-on-one meetings, joint sessions with all other teams as well as their own working time.
“Now we have come from 252 teams with over 1 500 innovators and solution providers to you who have been selected as the Helsinki Energy Challenge finalists. Have courage to think differently, challenge yourself and your team, do not settle for the usual road or approach, create something unique. You really have a chance to make a difference”, Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori stated as... Read more »
Ten teams have been selected for the final phase of the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The finalist teams highlight the international and interdisciplinary nature of the participants. They have a wide variety of proposals for how Helsinki can phase out the use of coal for heat production in the most sustainable way possible by 2029. Next, the competition is advancing into the co-creation phase.
In just a couple of short days, the teams participating in the Helsinki Energy Challenge will know if they made it to the finals or not.
After the submission deadline 30 September, we got the news: a whopping 252 teams had submitted an entry for the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The City of Helsinki gathered a group of experts to sort out who has the goods to earn a spot in the finals. Project Director Laura Uuttu-Deschryvere has been facilitating the evaluation work and says that the amount of entries caught the compet... Read more »
The City of Toronto is one of the partner cities of the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The city was so impressed with the idea of government collaborating with stakeholders and innovators to find game-changing, sustainable solutions that they decided it was something they definitely wanted to explore.
The application phase of the Helsinki Energy Challenge ended on 30 September. The competition inspired 252 teams from 35 countries from around the world to participate. The participating teams presented their proposals on how Helsinki can stop using coal for heat production as sustainably as possible by 2029 and speed up its journey to becoming carbon-neutral by 2035. Read more »
A professor of environmental and resource economics at the University of Helsinki, Markku Ollikainen, has chaired the Finnish Climate Change Panel since 2014. Over the years, the panel has produced several reports and analyses on climate change mitigation and climate adaptation, with the objective of planning and building a sustainable future. Read more »