Sustainable Jätkäsaari

Jätkäsaari is planned according to the principles of sustainable development, with its central location in the city supporting these goals. An effective public transport network incorporating both trams and the metro will service this dense urban structure. Similar energy-efficient solutions found elsewhere in Helsinki will be favoured during construction.

Jätkäsaari is home to the “City Block for Sustainable Construction” project of Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, SRV and VVO. The goal of the project is to develop and demonstrate energy-efficient, innovative solutions for low-carbon or even carbon neutral urban design and construction.

The waste management of the entire Jätkäsaari area will be carried out using the innovative and environmentally friendly technique of automated vacuum collection. This system involves separating different types of waste and then transporting it at high speeds through underground pipes. In addition, this dustcart-free system also means a safer, cleaner, odourless and less noisy environment.

A number of soil tests have been carried out in the former harbour area and also on a landfill site that existed previously in Jätkäsaari in the beginning of the 20th century. Any soil found to be contaminated will be thoroughly cleaned, eradicating any potentially harmful effects.

Jätkäsaari City Block for Sustainable Construction

The Sustainable City Block project of Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, SRV and VVO is located in Jätkäsaari. In 2009, a Sustainable Development Design Competition was held, in which the goal was to formulate a proposal that would combine sustainable development, social and economic viewpoints, as well as high-quality architecture.

The multinational winning team was ARUP/Sauerbruch Hutton/Experientia/Galley Eco Capital, who presented an innovative funding model for developing Jätkäsaari into the first carbon neutral district in Finland. Furthermore, Sitra, SRV and VVO have announced a 60 million euro investment for a low carbon housing and commercial building complex in Helsinki.

Through the project, Sitra aims to generate research and evidence that will inform the policy, innovation and practices that drive future low carbon development in the completed environment, with the aim to completely abolish it altogether.

Waste management

As one of the primary ecological solutions in Jätkäsaari, waste management will be implemented in the form of an automated vacuum collection system. Separated waste is suctioned through underground pipes to a local collection point, situated underground, in the northern part of Jätkäsaari.

The automated vacuum collection system brings less unsightliness, fewer odours and less noise than a traditional waste collection system. It is also more sanitary, more environmentally friendly and a safer solution for the neighbourhood.

The system will be adopted in the entire area now under construction. Bio-waste, cardboard, paper and mixed waste will be suctioned into different containers. The automated vacuum collection system has been in use already in several countries for nearly 50 years, with current systems being both very reliable and technically advanced.