SUSER - Accelerating the Transition Towards Sustainable Energy System within a System-level Innovation Framework
Objective: The project objective was to identify the drivers and barriers to sustainable energy use and efficiency within distinct neighbourhoods. The project included case study research, workshops, interviews and a questionnaire. The case study used a systemic approach involving a Multi-level Perspective Model (MLP) and innovation system functions in analysing the research material.
Results: Results show a clear trend in Finnish housing towards renewable energy and energy efficiency. Core change actors are cities, construction companies and their customers. There are many niche-level experiments and pilots, but an overall vision for the transition and its implementation is missing.
Impact: The results give an understanding of the points where change could be accelerated.
Financing: TEKES and VTT
RECREATE – Research network for forward-looking activities and assessment of research and innovation prospects in the fields of climate, resource efficiency and raw materials
Objective: One aim of the RECREATE project is to overcome the fragmentation in EU R&I policy with respect to climate action, raw materials and resource efficiency. The other is to provide evidence from which to create a clear-cut research agenda for Horizon 2020.
Results: A joint vision for EU R&I policy in 2050 in the three focus areas; three scenarios describing alternative paths to the vision; scoreboard; indicators and impact assessments to evaluate current actions; and an active network of key stakeholders from industry, research, civil society and government.
Impact: The joint vision influences EU R&I policy, especially Horizon 2020 with respect to climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials.
Funding: EU FP7
Further information: http://www.recreate-net.eu/
SAM – Sustainable Acceptable Mining
Objective: The project defines sustainability drivers for the mining industry, with a focus on social acceptance and social licence to operate (SLO). The project takes a multidisciplinary approach that includes the three elements of sustainability (environmental, social, economic) at the regional level, as well as foresight and technology aspects. The venture is a cooperative effort between parties in Australia and in Chile.
Results: The project monitors tools of SLO performance, e.g. water footprint or stakeholder communication. Potential business models and service concepts promote the overall sustainability of the industrial sector and enhance eco-efficiency all along the value chain.
Impact: Sustainable technologies and assessment tools create added value and increase knowledge of mining operations at regional and international levels. Those involved in the mining value chain (e.g technology developers, mines and other service providers) as well as authorities, consultants and people living in the area will benefit from the results of this project.
Funding: TEKES, VTT, GTK, SYKE, University of Helsinki, companies
Objectives: The aim of this project was to create a roadmap of actions required to significantly increase Finland's protein self-sufficiency. Another important aim was to initiate dialogue between various parties to create a desire for change. The project was commissioned by Finland's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and carried out in the autumn of 2014.
Results: We created three roadmaps that show the actions needed to increase protein self-sufficiency. The roadmapping process resulted in a selection of recommendations: 1) developing the primary production in the farms, 2) intensifying and diversifying the animal feed use and 3) developing the use of domestic vegetable protein as human nutrition.
Impact: The project results gave a holistic view of the actions needed to improve Finland's protein self-sufficiency. Based on the results, we can effectively direct future development projects and actions in the field.
Funding: Ministry of agriculture and forestry