A collaboration project between the City of Vaasa, Vaasan Sähkö, Wärtsilä and TietoEVRY is aiming to build one of the world’s first solutions to help a city go carbon neutral. In the experiment, the team is researching measures that could slow down climate change, with the City of Vaasa a pilot environment.
Cities all over the world are facing the same problem: CO2 emissions need to be cut down and there’s no time to waste. Plenty of data is needed for efficient decision-making, such as the scale of emissions from hospitals, schools, transportation and heating, as well as the factors that affect them; but the information is often scattered across different organisations. It’s difficult to estimate the emissions of particular actions beforehand – and so is keeping track of the effectiveness of the changes.
A new tool to help demonstrate the impact of climate change
To solve the problem, the City of Vaasa has embarked on a ground-breaking experiment. It brings together all the data from its three biggest carbon emission sources – transportation, heating and electricity consumption – enabling the parties involved to scrutinise the impact of different actions on emission levels. With the help of the new tool, it’s possible to demonstrate where and how the city’s emissions are generated, which allows the efficiency of different measures to be simulated and verified. What would happen to emissions if the temperature in schools was dropped by one degree, or a car-free day was organised? In the first phase, the experiment includes approximately 30% of the city’s carbon emission sources.
“In the project, we’ll produce a tool for the City of Vaasa to bring about an in-depth understanding of the phenomena behind emissions, as well as a way to target well-planned measures efficiently and track their effectiveness,” explains Fredrik Jansson, Principal Consultant, Data and Ecosystems, TietoEVRY. “In the big picture, we’re studying phenomena and testing practical solutions to slow down climate change in a city environment. Soon, we will have results that form a basis for other cities to tackle the same challenges.”
“It’s only natural that an experiment like this takes place in Vaasa, considering the cluster of energy technology and strong expertise in the region. We’re proud to be part of a collaboration that is taking concrete steps to slow down climate change. This experiment also strengthens our aim to make the city carbon neutral by 2030,” says the mayor of the City of Vaasa, Tomas Häyry.
Open access to data is key to success
Collaboration between all parties is a quintessential part of the project. The companies and the city are committed to sharing information and offering access to data that has traditionally been held internally. On top of the interface itself, building a collaborative model for the parties involved plays a crucial role.
“This co-operation is a great example of how we can combine our expertise in the energy industry in Vaasa and build solutions that are innovative and useful on a global scale. For us, this is yet another way to test new models and cut down carbon emissions,” notes Stefan Damlin, CEO of Vaasan Sähkö.
The project originally stems from the open collaboration between the Committed network and local actors in Vaasa.
“Wärtsilä and TietoEVRY are founding members of Committed and it’s great to see a concrete tool grow from an idea to execution so quickly after the network was founded,” says Matti Rautkivi, Director, Wärtsilä. “This is also an excellent example of the operating model we’re forming at the Smart Technology Hub being built in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa. In the future, co-operation will happen within ecosystems.”
Additional information and interview requests
City of Vaasa: communications manager, Leena Forsén, firstname.lastname@example.org, 040 6350762
TietoEVRY: communications manager, Jenni Jusslin, email@example.com, 050 322 1420
Vaasan Sähkö: communications manager, Mikaela Jussila, firstname.lastname@example.org, 06 324 5162
Wärtsilä Finland: communications director, Hanna-Mari Soini, email@example.com, 010 709 5095
The City of Vaasa
Always sunny, the City of Vaasa is the energy capital of the Nordics, bringing together innovativeness, technology, high-quality services, diverse education and cultural opportunities, as well as an energetic atmosphere. www.vaasa.fi
Vaasan Sähkö is a strong energy corporation, with its core businesses in selling and distributing energy, district heating and network construction. The corporation’s affiliates are Vaasa Sähköverkko Ltd and Oy Ravera Ab. Vaasan Sähkö employs approximately 150 staff and in 2019 its turnover was EUR 153 million. www.vaasansahko.fi
TietoEVRY creates digital advantage for businesses and society. We are a leading digital services and software company with local presence and global capabilities. Our Nordic values and heritage steer our success.
Headquartered in Finland, TietoEVRY employs around 24 000 experts globally. The company serves thousands of enterprise and public sector customers in more than 90 countries. TietoEVRY’s annual turnover is approximately EUR 3 billion and its shares are listed on the NASDAQ in Helsinki and Stockholm, as well as the Oslo Børs. www.tietoevry.com
Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2019, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion, with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. www.wartsila.com
For more information about the Committed network, visit: committed.energy