A Climate-Neutral and Resource-Scarce Finland

The sustainable use of natural resources and the mitigation of climate change require a climate-neutral and resource-scarce society. A circular economy involves efficient recycling of renewable and nonrenewable natural resources and making full use of material and energy flows. The strategic research programme A Climate-Neutral and Resource Scarce Finland is designed to support these objectives. The research consortia are expected to address the following questions:

  • How can we improve resource efficiency and support the move towards a circular economy, which will serve to boost exports and competence-based growth in Finland?
  • What are the requirements for climate neutrality and resource efficiency in society?
  • In what ways can the public sector best support the overall transition so as to maintain a well-managed move towards a climate-neutral and resource-scarce society?

Another goal of the programme is to find ways to ensure that businesses, employees, the public sector and consumers possess the resources and skills that best promote adaptation to climate change and the transition to a climate-neutral and resource-scarce society.


Transition to a resource efficient and climate neutral electricity system (EL-TRAN)
Pami Aalto, University of Tampere, consortium PI
Pertti Järventausta, Tampere University of Technology
Hannele Holttinen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
Jyrki Luukkanen, University of Turku
Kim Talus, University of Eastern Finland
Pirkko Harsia, Tampere University of Applied Sciences

SmartSEA - Gulf of Bothnia as Resource for Sustainable Growth
Jari Haapala, Finnish Meteorological Institute, consortium PI
Markku Viitasalo, Finnish Environment Institute
Meri Kallasvuo, Natural Resources Institute Finland
Jaakko Heinionen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
Sakari Kuikka, University of Helsinki
Aarno Kotilainen, Geological Survey of Finland
Sari Repka, University of Turku
Kari Eilola, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute

Sustainable, climate-neutral and resource-efficient forest-based bioeconomy (FORBIO)
Heli Peltola, University of Eastern Finland, consortium PI
Janne Jänis, University of Eastern Finland
Ari Venäläinen, Finnish Meteorological Institute
Antti Asikainen, Natural Resources Institute Finland
Lauri Hetemäki, European Forest Institute
Pekka Leskinen, Finnish Environment Institute

Novel protein sources for food security and climate (ScenoProt)
Anne Pihlanto, Natural Resources Institute Finland, consortium PI
Marketta Rinne, Natural Resources Institute Finland
Marjo Keskitalo, Natural Resources Institute Finland
Tuomas Kuhmonen, University of Turku
Tiina Silvasti, University of Jyväskylä
Anne-Maria Pajari, University of Helsinki
Antti Isokangas, Makery Oy
Kitty Verhoeckx, The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO
Gerd Vegarud, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

The project chosen in the 2016 supplementary call:

Closing the Loop for High-added-value Materials
Maarit Karppinen, Aalto University, consortium PI
Erja Turunen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
Jari Koskinen, Aalto University
Minna Lammi, University of Helsinki

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