Timetable: 1.12.2015 - 30.4.2018
Out of 103 applications, an independent expert jury first shortlisted 24 finalists.
More information: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/regio-stars-awards/#1
Receiving the EU REGIOSTARS 2017 award in Belgium, Brussels (second from left): Project Manager Kristiina Nurmenniemi, Heikki Laukkanen and Johannes Helama. (© European Union)
The aim of the project is to define, formulate and pilot six new low-carbon services and consumer-driven concepts in the Municipality of Ii that aims at becoming a pioneer and trendsetter in achieving a carbon-neutral society.
Promoting organisational culture change in the public sector
This means that residents, companies, associations and public sector of Ii municipality are co-designing and co-producing services they are using. Our mission is also to promote the region as a forerunner in low-carbon solutions nationally and as well as internationally.
Low-carbon service concepts are defined, created and piloted through three different service design operations which are free trials, community initiatives and an innovation competition. Among these include:
4. Digitalisation of the Public Services: Public services need to step in to the time of digitalisation. Innohiili created the framework for Ii’s Digital Agenda, which is based on the idea of citizens creating their own services. The agenda was approved by the municipal board. Ii is one of the Digital Pilot Municipalities of the Ministry of Finance with the consept of the service design created in the project.
5. Local Economy Certificate: The ecolabel is created with the Association of the Ii Entrepreneurs to foster local economy. Every certificated company gives an Environment Promise how to save energy or environmental resources. Currently 26 Certificates, objective for 2017 is 50. The Association of Ii Entrepreneurs is committed to maintaining the label after the project.
6. Distance Measurement of the Use of Electricity, Water and Heat: Towns own lots of premises. It takes lots of man work to collect measured data. InnoHiili Project has created a solution that gathers information automatically into database through the net. This novel solution based on open data emonCMS-system is now collecting data from 15 premises – and will be expanded to all main premises of the municipality (appr. 100 premises).
For more information contact:
Project Manager Kristiina Nurmenniemi
tel. +358 400 986 365, firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Designer Johannes Helama
tel. +358 447 739 262, email@example.com