We research and develop
Through research, development and innovation activities, we enable the achievement of HSY’s strategic objectives and prepare for future needs for change. The activities are used to develop and test new operating models, solutions and tools, as well as to seek alternatives and accumulate information.
We want to make the Helsinki metropolitan area the most sustainable urban area in the world, so our development activities cover a number of different sectors as well.
Development themes at HSY include environmental responsibility, digitalisation, circular economy, resource efficiency, and high operational reliability. Some of these focus areas are promoted through internal development projects and others through research and development projects carried out in cooperation with various partners. Such research and development projects often also receive external funding.
We currently have more than a hundred development projects under way, a third of which are research, development and innovation (RDI) projects. The aim of the internal research projects is to ensure that operations and services are of high quality and constantly evolving.
Our RDI projects relate to global challenges, such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, the circular economy, energy and material efficiency, air quality monitoring and air protection work, and increasing the environmental awareness of residents. Our key research and development areas also include the operational reliability of water services and waste management as well as the development of water treatment.
To solve the challenges, we are developing platform-based cooperation in which we open our development activities to cooperation, co-development and piloting between various operators. Examples include the Ekomo operations and the development of the air quality monitoring network.
We produce and provide expert information
We produce expert information, provide open data and information services, and organise training and seminars.
We organise free environmental training and advice for groups and resident events at housing companies, associations and educational institutions.
We offer a wide range of reviews and visualisations describing the development of the Helsinki region, e.g. on housing and jobs.
Our goal is to improve both our own and the entire Helsinki region’s material and energy efficiency, as well as the utilisation of material flows. We also produce data on the circular economy and develop indicators measuring the circular economy.
We provide open data for everyone to use freely and without charge. By making information available, we want to promote its utilisation and use.
Open data is free information that anyone can use for both commercial and non-commercial purposes, subject to the terms of the licence. We have made several dozen datasets related to the environment available for you to explore on our open data pages. In addition, some of the data is also available through the open data map service or interfaces.
Publications and reports
We publish a number of reviews on various topics every year. We also publish our personnel and sustainability reports, where you can find information about our organisation and operations.
The publications and reports page contains reports and publications by year as well as brochures, guides, and our other materials.
Notices and events
HSY’s communications support the strategic objectives of HSY. We communicate in accordance with our values of openness, service-mindedness, sustainability and renewal.
We publish all of our notices and announce our upcoming events at HSY.fi.