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Circular Green Blocks: A Case Study for Finland

Location: Uusimaa region, Finland

Case contact person: Joni Askola, Charles University

Time span: 2021-2023

Green SDGs: 11, 12, 13,

Partners: HSY (Helsinki Region Environmental Services), Forum Virum Helsinki, Association of Uusimaa, European Union, Aalto University, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, The city of Helsinki, Electric bicycle companies, Housing companies, Citizens

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The Circular Green Blocks project helps companies identify and develop business opportunities. The project’s target groups are companies and housing companies that support digitalisation, green growth and develop solutions that utilise new technologies. The experiments and pilots are related to sustainable mobility, sharing, yard improvement, urban farming, as well as circular economy-themed event production. The principles of co-development are utilised in solutions and customisation. The project utilises 360-degree photography as well as 3D modeling to illustrate various solution options and plans. The particular Circular Green Blocks pilot project that is looked at more specifically in the Governing Green Transitions project is their sustainable mobility project. In this co-creation pilot, the Circular Green Blocks team, in cooperation with stakeholders such as the housing company, citizens living in it, private companies offering electric bicycles and storage and local universities, is looking for a solution to improve mobility in an environmentally-friendly way for a housing block in Helsinki. The solution they are currently developing through this co-creation project includes offering and storing shared electric bicycles for the block. As a result of feedback from the local citizens, they have also decided to redesign the cargo container used for their storage. The funding for this project comes from the European Union’s Regional Development Fund and the city of Helsinki.

In GOGREEN, we define the green SDGs as the following SDGs: SDG 6, SDG 7, SDG 11, SDG 12, SDG 13, SDG 14, SDG 15

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