Development of waste management in Russian megacities

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

Russian government wants to develop more efficient and environmentally safe waste management in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Solved experts helped to identify trends, map business opportunities and evaluate Finnish-Russian cooperation potential. The team included such experts as Cargotec’s Jukka Loikala and Greensound’s Mikko Kantero, and Russian experts lead by Finpro’s Olga Mageeva.

District heating in Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia

Slovakia faces complex challenges in the field of energy production and district heating. Solved experts have profound experience and knowledge of the district heating (DH) and co-generation of heat power (CHP). “Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic is the sole body responsible for the transposition of the EU Directive on industrial emissions, while the directive imposes several changes, including changes in technologies”, described Katarina Jankovicova, the Head of the Department for Air Protection. The project team included world-class experts, such as Dr. Arto Nuorkivi, Gaia’s CEO Juha Vanhanen and Principal Scientist Kari Sipilä, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The project team mapped how to invest smartly EUR 900 million when considering the new emission limits imposed by the EU industrial emissions directive. The project helped a district heating company to avoid bad investment and saved approximately EUR 1 million. The cooperation between the experts continue in the area of district heating.

Ski resort sustainability in Trento

Trento, Italy

The aim of the project was to collect innovative ideas and best practices in terms of alternative mobility and environmental protection in winter sports resorts. The project included alternative mobility with cable car facilities and integration of the cable car into the environment, and alternative energy sources for the operation of the lifts and artificial snow.

Enjoy it Bratislava!

Bratislava, Slovakia

The digital collaboration platform Solved is used in cocreating ideas on how to make the life in Bratislava more sustainable and enjoyable. The experts from Canada, Finland, Germany, Australia and Slovakia joined forces and cocreated a vision for the city in different areas as mobility, urbanization, public spaces and cultural premises. There are more than 50 inspirations from around the world how Bratislava can improve its quality of life and living environment and so become a modern and green blooming city.

Let's invest into the World Ocean

Bratislava, Slovakia

The World Ocean represents one of the most important elements of the Earth, it supports the life, climate and all viable life cycles to the very essential level, and so enables the existence and development of the global civilization. At the same time the Sea is the most threatened global ecosystem of our planet, as not too much attention has been paid to the state in which seas are found nowadays. And the things get faster even worse. We intend to establish a creative discussion on how to avert this negative path and turn it into path more sustainable. Actually the idea beneath is to bring up solutions with positive impact on the seas and marine ecosystems, so we help and further enable them to provide the viable functions through more stability and diversity.

Business opportunities derived from Energy Efficiency Directive

Helsinki, Finland

First phase of the project is to get overall understanding what are the actions taken in selected countries related to directive. In Finland directive means obligatory energy audits for big companies carried out by the end of 2015. Does this mean thousands of energy audits only in Finland. What could be Solved's role here. What is happening in other countries. We will first dig in to some 3-5 member countries and then search energy auditors in those countries and offer our platform and expertise to tap into this opportunity. We have estimated this to be multi-billion new business opportunity for the experts in European level and hopefully Solved experts can get a part of that.

Co-working with positive impact

Bratislava, Slovakia

Create sustainable self driven community built around co-working space by gamification. Idea is to crate an opportunity to "buy" your seat in coworking space by doing eco-friendly community oriented activity. Analysis: 1. Define who are the users (startup community, freelancers, etc.) 2. Analysis of the local environment (issues, challenges, solutions) 3. What sort of behavior could tackle the problems? 4. GF (gamification) design 5. Business model Anticipated effects: To create ecosystem that connects environmental and societal challenges with coworkers who by being offered meaningful rewards (gamification) will try to solve them and provide so viable solutions.

Sustainable travel business in Levi

Kittilä, Finland

The project develops sustainable growth strategy and concrete plans for growth for the companies in Levi and Kittilä, Finland. Levi 4 is a development project implemented by Kideve Kittilä Development in 2014–2015. Kideve is a public utility of industry and commerce in the municipality of Kittilä. Levi 4 creates the basis and guidelines for Levi business growth and resort’s operating environment development until year 2025 and beyond. Solved experts help to conduct holistic analysis on “sustainable travel” and draws conclusions what are the crucial success factors for future success of Levi from the point of view of sustainable travel business. The project proposes the measures needed and cocreates the roadmap for sustainable travel business.

Product tracking in the context of Circular Economy and Internet of Things

Oulu, Finland

We aim to start a project to find out possible ways to track and measure products throughout the supply chain. How can we utilize IoT in supply chain management starting from the primary producer to the end user? What different technologies can be used to track, measure or locate goods and products during their life cycle? What new technologies are emerging? How would you utilize these technologies? Give some practical examples Who are the main stakeholders involved? Which stakeholders hold the most interest and can create joint adventures for developing new logistics infrastructures? Which socio-economical, political and legal factors are involved? What environmental benefits can we find by utilizing new, more advanced product tracking? Which industries would benefit the most? How can we attain value throughout the supply chain? Think about value propositions, economies of scale, and network effects. The desired outcome of this Solved project is to create a development project application or similar and start developing a possible solution. The timeline of this project is to finish it as soon as possible. TEKES Team Finland Challenge deadline is 29.3. Other possibilities include FISS-EAKR.

5GFWD – Oulu 5G Innovation Challenge

Oulu, Finland

How to make cities more enjoyable and businesses more sustainable with 5G mobile technologies. 5GFWD challenges your grey cells to produce their best in creating an absolutely amazing new world with the fastest mobile network ever: 5G. 5GFWD is probably only the most important 5G innovation competition of the year. It is free for all, anyone can join, and the prizes are simply great. And the glory for the winners – it is something money cannot buy. But most of all: 5GFWD is about great new and disruptive ideas – no detailed tech specs are needed. It is easy to participate in the competition: it proceeds mainly on-line, and the Finalists’ Gala will take place in Oulu, Finland – where the 5G magic happens. 5GFWD is a three-track competition – just choose the one that is closest to your interests. Or join all three. The tracks of the competition challenge participants to seek solutions for more flexible hospital visits, develop a digital shopping centre, and generate ideas for a visit or a working day in the digital city of the future. The prizes are something else: the Track Winners’ prizes are 4,000 euros each. From among the track winners the Jury will reward the Grand Prix winner, the best of the best, with a prize of 10,000 euros. Prizes worth 40 000 euros!

Dream team: Support services for Paris UN climate conference

Helsinki, Finland

Solved was asked to participate in tender to assist the Ministry of Environment in preparation for the The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21 in Paris in 2015. Public tender is out and deadline is 2.4.2015. More information about tender and requirements: If you are interested please get in touch immediately: santtu.hulkkonen @ or call +358 50 373 2895

Environmentally positive residential area

Helsinki, Finland

Environmentally positive residential area maximizes environmentally positive impacts and creates well-being. The starting point for the concept was the notion of "plus energy", i.e. when the area generates more energy than it consumes. The model goes further, however, and takes into consideration not only energy but also other aspects, such as quality of life, convenience in everyday life, water consumption and waste management. The experts were found through the Solved expert pool and the work was carried out using the digital collaboration platform "We examined the ecosystem of the entire residential area. The results included many interesting ideas regarding, for instance, new sharing economy applications", says Santtu Hulkkonen, EVP, Solved. The concept of an environmentally positive residential area is not a collection of definitions but an approach. It is not science fiction. "The initial idea was that an environmentally positive residential area could be achieved with current technology", says Juha Kostiainen, Senior Vice President, Urban Development, YIT.

Sustainable ski resort vision in Lech and Zürs

Lech, Austria

Solved is up to set a new vision for Austrian top ski resort not only to become low carbon or carbon neutral, but rather contributing to the nature by right combination of ecological solutions and means to inspire sustainable lifestyle of inhabitants and tourists at the resort. Solved experts help to develop joint strategy with Lech to create more competitive edge from cleantech and sustainability to the region. The concept goes beyond typical “sustainable tourism” by crystallizing competitive advantages and unique sustainable lifestyle experiences. Lech was selected as the most beautiful village in Europe in 2014. Lech is on its way to energy autonomy and it aims to be the first ever environmentally net positive ski resort. Solved, in collaboration with the Lech and Zürs team, develops an integrated concept for sustainability by taken into account all relevant implications: existing infra, practices, marketing, events, design, technical and environmental issues. “Sustainability is already in embedded in everything what we do at Lech and Zürs resorts. Now its time go to the next level and spark thousands of visitors be inspired by sustainability initiatives and change their lifestyles into more sustainable one, says Hermann Fercher, CEO, Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH.

Sustainable solutions for Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

Solved brings together experts to create viable options for the future of Nepal. Solved intends to support Nepal after the recent tragedy by providing viable options for its future. The final document will be submitted to the government of Nepal without any costs, the work will come as a result of the voluntary effort of the participating experts. Every participating expert will receive a thank you letter confirming the participation in the project. If you are interested to be part of the team, please, contact Mr. Radoslav Mizera at radoslav.mizera @ or +421 948 273327.

Converting biomass to energy: A guide to developers and investors

Washington, DC

Businesses in many developing countries and emerging economies often has to operate in an environment where energy is unreliable and expensive. Enhancing access to power is a key priority for the IFC and biomass is an area of growing global importance. According to the 2009 Energy Balance of the World by EIA, biomass covers approximately 10 percent of the global energy supply. In particular, biomass is a direct source for industrial energy and heating needs. The production of biogas from landfills and many agricultural enterprises provides the great potential of producing heat, electrical power, and even fuel on a predominately climate-neutral basis. It can also be a solution to manage environmental problems in a sustainable manner. The overall objective of the study is to develop a white paper that would help build capacity among key stakeholders, as biomass continues to grow into and become a more important contributor to meet the energy needs in emerging countries. SELECTION FOR CONSULTANTS BY THE WORLD BANK GROUP

Solving the mobility challenge

Bratislava, Slovakia

How can Bratislava develop a sustainable mobility system? Bratislava has been recently affected by profound mobility challenges. Traffic jams are very evident, there is lack of parking places, cycling infrastructure is under-developed and under-financed, city mobility policy is ineffective, there are challenges in terms of public transportation, some of the proposed solutions - like the establishment of a new highway ring around the city - seem to be overpriced. Odviati ( and Solved intend to start defining the challenge in a wider scale. Then invite the experts within the Odviati and Solved communities, so we will start systematically tackling the challenge by bringing together experts in Slovakia and abroad (the focus group is Slovak expats abroad, however, we are very open to receive ideas from international experts as well). The project timeline is month November, the results of the project will be presented at a dedicated event in December. We plan to invite a top international expert in the area of mobility and so present the sustainable mobility system, demonstrate our results and initiate a wider debate on solving the challenge. More info at: radoslav.mizera @ or +421 948 273327.

Increasing wood biomass supply for bioenergy and wooden products

Belgrade, Serbia

Serbian forests are recognized as significant source of woody biomass. However, the annual harvest in Serbia represents less than 70% of calculated harvests and much of woody biomass from forests remains unused. The share of forest area in Serbia is close to 50 % owned by private persons, and the rest is state owned or owned by parishes. Traditionally, the state forests have organized and centralized forest management, but regarding management of private forests there are very few local organizations and human resources responsible for implementation of forest policy measures and promotion of sustainable management. Furthermore, especially private forest owners have lack of knowledge and capacities for forest management, wood work organization, and wood sale. In addition, private forest owners have a lack of extension services providers, which will provide them with needed services related to their forest holdings. All of those lead to a consequence of not realizing the full potentials of private forests in terms of yield, and reducing the amount of wood products and wood biomass which can potentially be supplied. Project objectives are briefly: - to increase the role of private forest owners in sustainable management, reforestation and wood biomass harvesting from forests - to strengthen private forest owners knowledge and capacities for forest work, wood production and safety measures in forestry - to promote establishment of energy wood plantations on private forests and low quality agricultural land - to improve forest owners awareness of wood biomass products, sale and market - to support capacities of forest owners for business startups in wood biomass production and processing In concordance with project objectives following activities can be proposed: - Organization of trainings for private forest owners on private forest owners’ organizations and forest management and management planning - Promotion of forestation and establishment of energy wood plantations - Provision of training on wood biomass products, sale and market - Provision of training for business planning and startup development in woody biomass - Provision of best practice examples of private forest owners’ organizations, energy wood plantations, and woody biomass processing and products and woody biomass related business organization in various regions and neighboring countries

On- and offshore wind power GA concept

Odessa, Ukraine

Providing sustainable, affordable electrical energy to anyone, anywhere. Development of Unique On- and Offshore Wind Power GA concept: stable electricity production; ability to work at all speeds of atmospheric air flow; short time increase the installed capacity of the unit system; without occupying additional areas; and remote management and an integrated system output. Business partners and expertise needed: 1) Design, construction and tests of a full working prototype module; 2) Pilot project; 3) Commercialization of On- and Offshore Wind Power GA concept. More information: Genri Adam, [email protected] / Solved Business Lead, [email protected]

Smart Twins Bratislava and Vienna

Bratislava, Slovakia

The city of Bratislava has expressed the intention to become an internationally recognized leader among Central European smart cities. As part of this process, the city is going to overtake following steps: 1. Defining Bratislava smart city Concept and Roadmap in close relationship with the Vienna smart city strategy (SMART TWINS). 2. Designating strategic initiatives and formulating funding / partnership programs to support project implementation. The ambition of this Smart City vision is based on regional collective intelligence to forge a distinctive Bratislava-Vienna based model. As part of this process, the city and community intend to invest in innovative, growth-generating projects. Bratislava seeks to devise and develop an outstanding quality of life and a prosperous economy for citizens through collaborative innovation, state-of-the-art technologies and a bold approach, backed by Bratislava´s and Vienna´s trademark creativity. Our point of view is to consolidate and strengthen the cooperation, sharing knowledge, ability and accumulated experience in the field of Smart City. Bratislava would benefit the most from the application of the Vienna´s approach. To achieve this goal the city is working with the advisory expert group composed of local and foreign experts. The integrated methodological environment which we want to develop allows for more realistic and consistent linkages across common Smart City issues made by the advisory group than conventional models, with the goal of simulating concrete and deep cooperation within selected instruments, each with their estimated budget and governance model. We claim that the developed approach will enable unprecedented, actionable insights in the management of our specific urban resources. First findings and conceptual line would be presented already on the next meeting of municipality directors of Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague, Vienna, and Bratislava in 2016, to be held in Bratislava on 23 June 2016. Milestones: Workshop 1 on 7th of June at between 14:00 - 16:00 CET Workshop 2 on 15th of June at between 14:00 - 16:00 CET Deadline for the CONCEPT work and paper by beginning of July Workshop 3 (Around 6th - 8th July - To be specified) Workshop 4 (Mid August - To be specified) Deadline for the ROADMAP paper by end of August For more information, please, contact [email protected]

Devínska Ekobyla

Devinska Kobyla, Slovakia

Devinska kobyla is the highest hill in Bratislava. It was designated as a military base with anti-air missiles / potentially nuclear warheads. Today the whole area, is in fact part of national natural reservation and also Natura 2000, is abandoned, neglected and resembling a post apocalyptic era. In fact, the whole area is a predestined location for creating a new experience with nature, providing amenities for tourism, free time, ecological farming, recreation, beautiful views, educational activities, etc. It has all parameters to become a top destination within the city of Bratislava, due to its proximity, location, accessibility by quality infrastructure and existing stock of buildings (already in poor condition). Part of the land and area is owned by the city of Bratislava. Rest of the area has no clear ownership structure. This project will be introduced to the city as a potential local smart city demonstration / testbed project.

Oulu Start-up Hub 2.0

Oulu, Finland

Ecosystem development + communications platform. Our focus is on the "start-up ecosystem" in Oulu region and initial goal is to enable a better collaboration and more efficient sharing of info through this platform. The ultimate goal is to develop the start-up service platform that combines the best of virtual and physical collaboration.

Toward a New Circular Economy: Vision, Strategy, Policy, Practice

-, All

A full introductory description to the concept of Circular Economy, its uses and importance for business civil society and above all for government (who should lead not follow when it comes to understanding and initiatives) is available here

Fiksu Kalasatama Kehittäjien Klubi

Helsinki, Finland

Helsingin Kalasatamaan nousee parhaillaan uusi työpaikka- ja asuinalue, jossa kokeillaan uudenlaista älykästä kaupunkikehitystä. Kalasatamassa kokoontuu Fiksu Kalasatama Kehittäjien Klubi, jossa on mukana aluetta kehittäviä yrityksiä, kaupungin virkamiehiä sekä asukasinnovaattoreita. Kehittäjien Klubi on uudenlainen yhteistyömuoto kaupunginosan kehittämisessä. Sen tarkoitus on helpottaa yhteistyökumppaneiden löytämistä ja yhteisten projektien monialaista suunnittelua. Tämä on Kehittäjien Klubin digitaalinen yhteistyöalusta, jolla keskustellaan, jaetaan tietoa ja ylläpidetään tapahtumakalenteria. Alustalla on myös helppoa ottaa yhteyttä muihin klubilaisiin ja edistää jäsenten ideoimia projektiaihiota pidemmälle.

C40 City Solutions Platform - Seattle - Transportation

Seattle, United States

The City will use the City Solutions Platform (CSP) to create a new policy framework that allows the city to more easily adopt innovative and equitable transportation products and services. This framework will allow flexibility to compensate or invest in businesses that provide economic and community benefits whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation sector. The City has hosted a number of workshops, hackathons, co-creation events on this topic since 2015 and have a high commitment to addressing the challenge of transportation for a growing population and need to reduce GHGs. The City has recently developed an open data program that will be used to increase quality of life, transparency how the city works, promote economic and research development, improve internal performance management. Transparency and open data initiatives have supported significant socio-economic and environmental benefits (smart cities open data guide) and Seattle is eager to experiment with business plan(s) that dive deeper into the role the City has in delivering IT software services to the public. Key City of Seattle Goals: The City Solutions Platform Workshop 1 will assist the City of Seattle to identify and more easily adopt innovative and equitable transportation products and services to address the city’s challenges. The City Solutions Platform Workshop 1 will provide the opportunity to: - Build solution provider understanding of Seattle’s climate related digital equity challenge. - Contextualize the climate challenge. - Identify the City of Seattle’s priorities for innovative and equitable transportation - Identify a few specific high-tech and data driven transportation solutions and products that will be refined throughout the City Solutions Platform process - Explore one specific location within Seattle as reference to local issues and opportunities - Develop innovative ideas to address challenges, constraints, and community needs - Facilitate connection and sharing of experience locally, nationally and globally (across the C40 network)

C40 City Solutions Platform - Rio de Janeiro - Waste Management

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The treatment and final disposal of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) has been a challenge for most Brazilian municipalities, with 41.6% of all MSW generated in the country being disposed of improperly. COMLURB (the municipal waste company) is currently building and implementing a pilot plant, which aims to establish the first national technology for the treatment of organic fraction of MSW with biogas and composting production, linking sanitation to power generation. The main challenge is the technical and economic feasibility of the technology developed in the pilot project. If proven to be technical and economically feasible, this technology could be installed at plants with similar capacities in hundreds of municipalities in developing countries. The city of Rio de Janeiro will use the City Solutions Platform (CSP) to implement a financial, social and environmental solution to treat the organic fraction of its waste, which represents over 50% in weight of total household waste. There are three parts to their challenge: - The implementation of a 1,500 t/day Mechanical Recovery Facility - The economic feasibility of an Upscaled Biomethanization Plant - The technical and economic Feasibility of Electric Compacting Trucks