On 16 December 2021The Ministry of the Environment has opened a call to applications for funding companies, municipalities, associations, and other actors for projects that promote carbon reduction within the built environment. The total amount of funding available is EUR 1,000,000 and the deadline to submit applications is 11 February 2022.
Construction and buildings are responsible for about a third of Finland’s greenhouse gas emission. This means that there are at least the same number of climate solutions available. Minister of Environment and Climate Change, says that funding is available for innovative ideas and new openings. We want everyone to get involved in this joint effort. Emma Kari.
This application process is part of the Low Carbon Built Environment Programme of the Ministry of the Environment and Business Finland. A total of EUR 40 Million will be invested in climate-related work for the built environment between 2021 and 2030. Seven rounds of applications will be accepted for funding.
The EU recovery instrument funds the programme. The Sustainable Growth Programme in Finland outlines how funds will be used national.
Ministry of the Environment wants to receive innovative applications
The Ministry of the Environment provides funding for research, development, and innovation projects that test new methods for climate change mitigation or adaptation. The project could include, e.g. The development of processes that improve energy efficiency, construction materials design, construction, and construction, as well as the development of knowledge and competence in the field.
The Ministry of the Environment invites applications from companies, municipalities, associations and research institutes with good ideas to develop a low-carbon built environment. The goal is to make the results of the projects freely available.
The call for applications began on 16 December 2021. Applications must be submitted by 11 Feb 2022 at 16.15.
There was a lot of interest in the initial call for applications
Business Finland launched its first round of applications in autumn 2021. It attracted a lot of interest from its target group, namely. International growth companies and research organisations.
We were delighted by the high interest in this funding. We received approximately 60 applications before the deadline. The total funding was EUR 18 millions. There were development projects by private companies as well as joint projects between companies and research institutes. The topics covered were diverse, even though many ideas are still in the early stages. According to the study, more than half of the applicants compete for funding with low-carbon solutions that have an impact. Virpi MikkonenBusiness Finland
The total funding available for projects in 20212022 amounts to approximately EUR 17 million.
Next round of application
The 31 March 2022 deadline is for funding applications through Business Finland. The call to applications for the year 2020 will open in autumn 2022. Decisions on funding will be made at the beginning of 2023. Business Finland will have EUR 15million in funding available to support research, development, and innovation activities in 2023. Business Finland will also launch measures in 2022 to promote internationalization, export, and development.
The Ministry of the Environment’s next call for applicants is set to open in the summer 2022.
Access to networks and partnerships, not just euros
The Low-carbon Built Environment Programme is not only funding but also provides a platform to develop broad-based cooperation between sector operators and to share best practices.
Our goal is to create an environment that encourages a low-carbon built environment in Finland and for the export market. Teemu LehtinenKIRAHub’s CEO, who promotes the sustainable digitization of the built environment, was chosen as the project manager.
Source: Ministry of the Environment