Awarded climate work

In 2017 Ii was awarded for the best climate action in Europe by the Commission.

Ii's Innovative Low-Carbon Public Services won European Commission's RegioStars Awards category in Energy Union: climate change. Ii was especially appreciated for innovativeness and for engaging the citizens in the project. The ceremony took place in Brussels as part of the annual European Week of Regions and Cities. Also in 2017 the Nordic Council of Ministers identified Ii as one of the best Bioeconomy cases in the Nordic Region.

Significant results in reducing CO2 emissions

Ii is an energy surplus region where all energy produced is renewable: hydro, geothermal and wind power as well as bio-based fuels. One of Finland’s largest wind farms is located by the sea shores of Ii. Municipality of Ii has set an ambitious goal to reduce 80 percent of carbon emissions by the year 2020, which is over 30 years faster than the EU climate target. Ii has managed to cut down oil consumption by 89% from 2010 level. Energy, heat and water consumption data are collected in real-time from all public buildings.

Energy efficiency is taken into account in municipal decision making as Ii is part of Towards Carbon Neutral Municipalities (HINKU) -project that brings residents, experts and companies together to create and carry out solutions in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Significant renewable energy implications are being activated in the area producing new business opportunities and competence to entire Northern Finland. Ii is also part of Finnish Sustainable Communities (FISU) network, read more...

With us innovative ideas are easily tested, measured, adjusted and piloted, which opens new opportunities for the companies working e.g. on energy storage development, solar and bioenergy or sustainable transportation systems.

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Regional development company Micropolis ltd boosts green and sustainable growth. The expertise covers environmental engineering and profitability calculations, service design, business incubatoring and enhancing circular economy solutions. Significant renewable energy implications are being activated with the assistance of EU funding programs producing new business opportunities and competence in the Arctic region.

Municipality owned property company Iilaakso ltd let and develop industrial facilities and business premises for all size companies. As an active supporter of green innovations, Iilaakso is a piloting premise in a 5G trial system for future IoT services as well as next generation energy measurement systems.

Interested in establishing business or looking for innovative green partner? Contact us

  • Mayor Mr. Ari Alatossava, ari.alatossava@ii.fi, tel. +358 567 6700
  • Micropolis ltd, CEO Mrs. Leena Vuotovesi, tel. +358 40751 4318, leena.vuotovesi@micropolis.fi
  • Iilaakso ltd, CEO Mr. Antti Tuomaala, tel. +358 40672 1389, antti.tuomaala@iilaakso.fi