What kind of Finland do we aspire to in 2030?
Finland has the world’s most energy and material efficient built environment
- Finns live in energy self-sufficient homes
In 2030, Finland will build in an environment-friendly manner, supporting the reduction of the country’s ecological footprint. In the future, the construction sector will develop and use ecologically sustainable material solutions, with for instance wood playing a key role. Innovative solutions have been utilised to decrease the need for primary energy in buildings. Carbon dioxide based real estate tax will motivate construction and real-estate maintenance that is more resource efficient. Households’ investments in energy efficiency are supported with inexpensive loans. Building will favour smart grids that steer and balance power consumption, while the transmission capacity of the electricity network will be utilised better than today. The state will promote the diversified production of renewable energy. Households and farms will use a system for net invoicing of energy produced from renewable energy sources. Standards in the building and real-estate sector emphasise energy and material efficiency. High quality solutions will be available for minimising waste, and for waste recovery.
Considerable action is required in order to keep our environment viable. Real estate and construction consume some 42 per cent of the energy we use and produce around 38 per cent of our greenhouse gases. Some 80 per cent of energy use is accounted for by the use of buildings. The greatest potential for reducing emissions may therefore lie in buildings – the real estate sector’s share of climate markets is huge. The real estate and construction business may play a crucial role in curbing climate change.
Commercialisation competencies in new construction solutions are in need of development in Finland. This requires an understanding of the product-service entity. It would pay to invest in competencies that promote survival in a future world marked by scarcity.