Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 08:00
Finland’s external economic relations have been fragmented but now there’s a wind of change called “Team Finland”. Team Finland is an initiative designed to support enterprises. The network has shared goals and it wants to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their internationalization.
Monday, August 27, 2012 - 13:15
As Europe continues to wrestle with the ongoing economic crisis it has somewhat been distracted from focussing on the future. While the immediate critical problem is solving the crisis, the issue facing us is how to kick start recovery and emerge poised for growth in a competitive global marketplace.
Europe’s future growth and prosperity will depend on a number of factors including; economic stability, competitiveness, stimulating investment and creating a leadership position in s...
Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 09:30
So we can finally say it started! In order to keep the promise and show that "Problem solving is in our nature", we have to jump from words into action. And that is not later but now, as the promise is rather a challenging one.
Friday, August 17, 2012 - 12:45
With the Western economies suffering, China has become our new Eldorado, a land flowing with milk and honey.
Various activities have been planned and implemented, often with public money. As with every new thing, some initiatives have been successful, some have failed. Failing are not bad, they merely mean that we have taken enough risk. No pain, no gain.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 15:30
Mobility will be the challenge of the future for both large cities and small regions. How and where can people find the most convenient way to get to their destination? Is it mass transit, a private vehicle, city bicycle, ride sharing or a combination of these? In the future, we are going to need a more comprehensive approach to traffic rather than individual solutions.
Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 16:45
The role of ultrafine particles (UFP), i.e. particles with less than 100 nm diameter to health and climate starts to be well understood. More research is still required e.g. for reducing the sensitivity of climate models to such particles, but this research is well managed by us Finns. Following the web pages of the Fine Particle Forum (www. fineparticleforum.com) keeps you updated on the research issues.
Monday, July 2, 2012 - 16:45
Salutations de Lille, France! I was invited to speak at the EnviroNord congress in the inaugural conference: "How eco-technologies contribute to reduce the social-economic impacts of climate change?"
Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 16:30
“There is not much to expect from Rio+20 Earth summit”, said the head of the Finnish minister level delegation already before the event. And so was it: serious lack of ambitiousness. The political decision makers are not feeling much pressure to take concrete actions.
It is great that we, true believers, have chosen to work within cleantech sector to solve global problems. However, it would be just by an accident if our techno-economic achievements led to a desired state of the...
Friday, June 29, 2012 - 15:00
My passion is to save energy. This affects my way of living and also, perhaps subconsciously, my choices for hobbies. I have chosen sailing instead of motor boating and cross country skiing instead of downhill skiing. I try to cut down my energy usage as much as possible at home but my energy bill always makes a reasonable dent in my finance. This might change in the future as Europe is moving toward near zero energy houses (NZEH) after 2020.