On 15 May, Finland and China signed a cooperation agreement concerning built environments. It is hoped that the agreement will provide new opportunities for Finnish cleantech and construction companies in China.
The purpose of the agreement is to promote cooperation, information exchange and business between the countries. Its pivotal themes are urbanisation, and ecological and intelligent urban environments. Energy-efficient and smart solutions, along with environmental protection measures, will be employed to tackle the challenges posed by climate change, rapid economic growth and urbanisation, in particular.
In practice, the cooperation will be initiated through a joint survey, which will identify the areas and locations where Finnish expertise and technology could be put to best use.
The agreement supports the Beautiful Beijing project started by Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology andInnovation) and the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, which will engage with Finnish research facilities and companies in order to provide solutions to air quality problems and, later on, other more expansive environmental problems.
On behalf of Finland, the agreement was signed by Hannele Pokka, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment.