Kuopion_kaupunki_Lehtoniemen jätevedenpuhdistamo_Aleksi Rajala
City of Kuopio Lehtoniemi waste water treatment plant © Aleksi Rajala

Kuopio has realized something very important about life. This is reflected in the unhurried lifestyle and the favorable winds helping people along in work, business and studies. The local outlook on life permeates every aspect of living in Kuopio- from the vibrant nightlife to the comfort of the home. In Kuopio, inspiration, caring and the freedom of simply being are forces of nature that grow into unique success stories and phenomena.

What has already been done in Kuopio to promote the circular economy?

Kuopion Vesi’s Lehtoniemi wastewater treatment plant is an almost energy self-sufficient treatment plant that utilizes process heat in its buildings and generates biogas for energy production from sewage sludge.

The new Jynkkä School is a modifiable and resource-conscious community building for residents, which brings together a school, a library and some recreational facilities. The demolition materials from the previous school were reused in the yard area structures. The multipurpose building is heated with geothermal and district heating. In Kuopio, organic waste is processed at the Gasum bio plant, which produces fertilizers for agriculture as well as biogas for energy production and, going forward, transportation.

Efforts are also being made to minimize the carbon footprint and optimize the energy efficiency of the Savilahti area, which is currently under construction.

Goals as a pioneering municipality

We are initiating new projects to promote the circular economy with a variety of operators. In addition to this, we are working to increase awareness of the circular economy through a variety of communication campaigns. The goal is to ensure that as many of the local residents, housing companies, business owners, employees and managers as possible know what the circular economy means in the context of their actual daily lives.

More information

The city of Kuopio web pages

Published 2019-07-12 at 13:10, updated 2019-07-15 at 8:40