HELSINKI REGION (VANTAA), FINLAND
Helsinki Region strives to be the most sustainable urban area in the world
One of three cities in Helsinki metropolitan area, City of Vantaa is the fourth biggest city in Finland. The City of Vantaa has a total area of 240.35 km2 and a population of 223,000, rising by 2,400 citizens every year. The population is expected to reach over 300,000 by 2050.
Vantaa has a new comprehensive environmental program, Roadmap to Resource Wisdom 2030, which focusses on the circular economy and Vantaa's ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030. The circular economy goals consist of reusing materials (including during a demolition), establishing circular economy as part of planning and execution, and improving the model for circular economy areas.
HELSINKI REGION IN NUMBERS
517,129 tonnes of waste
from construction and demolition in the region (2018)
428 annual kilograms
of construction and demolition waste per inhabitant
8.18 million sq metres
of flooring reserved for housing in Helsinki metropolitan area
CIRCULARITY IN THE CITY
Helsinki Region Environmental Services (HSY), which organises waste management of household and public waste, has published a draft of a sustainable urban living programme for the Helsinki metropolitan area. The draft is prepared together with the cities, regional organisations, companies, and residents of the Helsinki metropolitan area. The programme’s vision is ‘Together we will create the most sustainable urban area in the world’, with themes that include climate change mitigation, the circular economy, adapting to a warming climate, and a healthy living environment. The programme promotes choices guiding the lives of city residents in a direction that would allow global warming to be halted at 1.5°C. The programme suggests multiple measures for the construction and demolition field in Helsinki Metropolitan Area.
Vantaa has a comprehensive environmental program “Roadmap to Resource Wisdom 2030”, which focus is on carbon neutrality by 2030 and the circular economy. Circular economy goals include reusing materials (also demolition), establishing circular economy as part of planning and execution and improving the model for circular economy areas.