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Construction emissions may now be compared – new emissions database lays foundation for statutory guidance of low-carbon construction

A new service opened today provides impartial data on the climate impacts of construction products used in Finland, such as carbon footprint and handprint, material efficiency and recyclability. This ...

Updated urban-rural classification: Finland’s degree of urbanisation currently at over 72 per cent

According to the updated urban-rural classification, more than 72 per cent of the Finnish population now reside in the urban areas of the country. The degree of urbanisation has increased more than tw...

Tampere joins the Carbon Neutral Municipalities network – the entire city region aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030

Tampere City Region is strengthening its commitment to strict carbon neutrality targets. As the central city of the region, Tampere joined the Carbon Neutral Municipalities (HINKU) network by decision...

The headquarters of the Finnish Environment Institute is moving to the Viikki campus

The headquarters of the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is moving on 19th November 2018 from the Töölö borough of Helsinki to the University of Helsinki’s Viikki campus (street address: Latokarta...

Forests promote health and well-being among school pupils

Forests promote health and well-being among school pupils. The Finnish Environment Institute has made an analysis based on spatial data on the location of primary and secondary schools with relation t...

Helsinki builds steps towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

A high-level international panel of scientific experts will convene in Helsinki on 12 and 13 December. It will prepare assessments based on research data and draw up recommendations to achieve the goa...

Efficient nutrient recycling calls for a policy reform

According to a recent Finnish study, efficient utilisation of nutrients requires a policy reform. Normative guidance should better support the processing of organic side streams, such as manure, into ...

Realising the health benefits of nature through urban planning

The health and well-being impacts of contacts with nature are increasingly being discussed in relation to environmental policies in Finland and around Europe. Access to nature is important even in den...

Finns value urban living

According to the latest “Asukasbarometri” (Residents’ barometer) survey, more and more Finns want to live in an urban environment. Urbanisation is also seen in changes in life style such as the increa...

Joint procurement of solar power plants to cover 34 municipalities – Tampere Hall to receive its own solar panels

34 municipalities intend to take part in the joint procurement of solar power plants organised by the Finnish Environment Institute and KL-Kuntahankinnat Oy. Of the largest cities, Helsinki, Tampere, ...

New methods improve the quality of environmental impact assessments

New methods make it easier to recognise and systematically assess the most significant environmental impacts of various projects, and to illustrate the results. They also improve the participation pos...

Environmental impacts of land use have been underestimated

© Vesa Kuusava Environmental impacts of land use have been widely assessed in recent years. In particular, carbon footprints of food and bioenergy production have been studied. Envir...

New phase of urbanisation within metropolitan areas — Helsinki lagging behind Stockholm

A recent study on the metropolitan areas of Helsinki and Stockholm indicates that the urban form in the two regions has developed partially in different directions during the past 20 years. Stockholm ...

Second homes already outnumber permanent homes in one in five municipalities

Finnish second home tourism no longer consists solely of holidaying at a modest summer cottage. Instead, Finns are increasingly spending time at second homes equipped for year round living.

Stockholm beats the Helsinki region in increasing the density of its urban form – researchers would promote polycentricity in Helsinki

The Stockholm and Helsinki regions are divided into various types of core, peri-urban, and rural areas. A recent study conducted by the University of Helsinki and the Finnish...

Latest IPCC report: Climate change poses risks to the well-being of nature and people – but there are ways of mitigating these risks

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has approved the second part of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), titled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, at the IPCC ...

Environmental impacts of the financial crisis evident

The prolonged financial crisis that began in 2008 has evidently affected the environment in Finland, according to a report on the State of the Environment in Finland 2013 freshly published by SYKE. Th...

New information on the development of urban regions in Finland

In Finland, urban regions have undergone significant changes in the past few decades. This is revealed by a recently completed research report by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE. The publishing...

More accurate information available about urban and rural areas

A new geographic classification about the distribution of urban and rural areas provides a more accurate picture than previous statistics of, among other things, the distribution of Finland's populati...