HOPE project

The Urban Innovative Action – Healthy Outdoor Premises for Everyone (HOPE) project was developing new accurate air quality data and its innovative utilisation at the district and resident level. Air quality was monitored using both fixed and mobile personal air quality sensors. The project was seeking solutions for improving the air quality in Helsinki and was introducing a pilot model for participatory budgeting, in which the residents of the target areas influence the choice of best measures.

The HOPE project promoted air protection at the district and individual level. HSY operated the HOPE network, which used cost-effective sensors for more comprehensive air quality monitoring. The sensors were located in Jätkäsaari and its surrounding area, in the Vallila-Kumpula area, and in Pakila and its surrounding area. The monitoring was utilised in the development of air quality modelling. In addition, HSY was involved in the development of the air quality index and air quality communications.

In addition to HSY, the project partners included the City of Helsinki (coordinator), University of Helsinki, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Vaisala Ltd, Useless Company, and Forum Virium Helsinki.

The project was funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) initiative supporting innovative urban projects. The project started in November 2018 and ended April 2022.