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A new approach to solving the world’s biggest problems

Cleantech Finland
Cleantech Finland’s new SOLVED digital expert service has been designed to help solve problems and provide solutions for the biggest challenges facing today’s world – by leveraging Finnish expertise and international cooperation via a new online platform. The aim is to make the service the best in the cleantech field.

Climate change and the depletion of the planet’s natural resources are the two main problems that the world is facing today,” says Ville Niinist√∂, the Finnish Minister of the Environment and one of the experts involved in Cleantech Finland’s new SOLVED service.

“Global challenges like these need global answers; and SOLVED represents an innovative approach to doing just this and finding green solutions for building an ecologically sustainable society.”

“SOLVED represents an innovative approach to finding green solutions for building an ecologically sustainable society,” says Ville Niinist√∂, Finland’s Minister of the Environment. Photo: Pentti Hokkanen/ YHA Kuvapankki.
Launched and coordinated by Cleantech Finland, the SOLVED expert service has been designed to harness Finnish problem-solving capabilities and technology expertise and bring together companies, partner organisations, and customers worldwide via an online community – to solve problems in new ways and provide new types of solutions.

The SOLVED service, which is open to everyone interested in sustainability-related issues, is intended to provide participants with the opportunity to ask questions, discuss issues, and network with leading cleantech experts, which currently number more than a hundred.

In addition to acting as a discussion forum on the latest challenges and solutions, the SOLVED site features news and blog postings, as well as updates on major cleantech events, many of which involve one or more of SOLVED’s experts.

Getting as many people involved as possible

Experts drawn from the Cleantech Finland network will play a key role in the SOLVED service, by contributing their take on how problems can be solved, providing access to useful information and contacts, and helping stimulate discussion.

Juha Vanhanen, Managing Director of the Gaia Group, is typical of the expertise that SOLVED can make available to users of the service.

Vanhanen is an expert on clean energy technologies and very familiar with renewable energy sources, combined heat and power systems, and decentralised energy; while Gaia is a leading facilitator of innovative sustainabilityrelated solutions for companies, international organisations, and private and public institutions.

“We need holistic and future-oriented strategic perspectives to create truly sustainable energy systems,” says Juha Vanhanen, “and the SOLVED platform offers an excellent forum for people to interact with top experts to help drive this development.”

By bringing together experts in this way and focusing on new ways of cooperating and doing things more efficiently and more sustainably, those behind the SOLVED service believe that it has a lot to offer.

Graph: The SOLVED expert service has been designed to harness Finnish problem-solving capabilities and technology expertise and bring together companies, partner organisations, and customers worldwide.

Cleantech Finland and Finpro

A national programme aimed at promoting Finland’s environmental technology sector and profiling Finnish companies as some of the leading suppliers of the best clean technology available anywhere, Cleantech Finland involves a total of 100 companies with a combined turnover of some €20 billion today.

Membership of Cleantech Finland offers companies a range of flexible and efficient marketing communication services through Finpro, a global organisation dedicated to building the growth and success of Finnish companies in international markets.

Finpro is a public-private organisation and part of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy Group, with around 550 members, including companies, the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK, the Federation of Finnish Enterprises, and the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries. Cleantech Finland is operated by Finpro and the brand is owned by the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK.

Finpro has some 400 professionals in 68 locations in almost 50 countries today, and its staff at trade centres around the world have a unique understanding of Finnish companies, different industries, and local markets. This has seen Finpro become a valuable resource for a wide variety of companies, ranging from businesses planning their first international initiatives to those that already have an established international presence and want to strengthen their competitiveness.

> Santtu Hulkkonen
(Published in HighTech Finland 2013)