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Biojätteen keräyksen ja käsittelyn operaattorit Suomessa

Suomen Tilastokeskuksen data kertoo että erilliskerätyn biojätteen merkittävin käsittelytapa on kompostointi ja mädätys. Suomessa käsitellään vuosittain n. 400 000 tonnia biojätettä sillä menetelmällä. Kotitalouksista kerätystä sekajätteestä n. 40 % on biojätettä.

Kuka prosessoi biojätteen Suomessa?

Vuosittain Suomen kunnissa kerätään ja prosessoidaan biojätettä lähes 500 000 tonnia. Kuinka monta toimijaa kerää ja käsittelee biojätettä? Mitä nämä toimijat ovat? Missä kunnissa nämä toimijat operoivat? Kuka ohjaa ja hallinnoi biojätteen käsittelyä? Millaiset ohjeistukset eri kunnissa on annettu biojätteen keräämiseen ja käsittelyyn? Millainen tilkkutäkki on suomalainen kunnissa toteutettava biojätteen käsittely?

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Tämä työ kuuluu Cities2030 hankkeeseen, jota rahoittaa Euroopan Komission Horizon2020 ohjelma. Projekti numero on 101000640.

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Experiment 1: Bokashi – Food waste bio composting

Lahti Living Lab carries out an experiment: Bokashi – Food waste bio composting.  The coordinator of the lab is SLEAN (P14).  

The experiment was initiated in June 2022 and it was closed by the end of September 2022.  The ideation phase took circa half a month in June. The building phase which overlapped ideation and monitoring lasted from the middle of June until the end of July.  The monitoring phase lasts from the middle of June until the end of September.    The learning phase lasted from July until the end of September. 


1. CRFS Vision 2030 and the challenge

Lahti Living Lab carries out innovation actions that contribute to EU, city of Lahti,  and Cities2030 visions and objectives.  

  • EU Food 2030 policy: Nutrition for sustainable and healthy diets. Food systems supporting a healthy planet. Circularity an resource efficiency. Innovation and empowering communities
  • Lahti vision 2030: Sustainable and carbon neutral city region
  • Cities2030 objective: Enhance circularity and local food belts

The Lahti Living Lab’s experiment at Cities2030  is “Bokashi – Food waste bio composting”. Its objective is to explore bio-composting food waste from the table to the fields to enhance inhabitants’ positive carbon handprint, self-sufficiency, and resilience.

See figure 1. 

2. Key change drivers 

The general and individual change drivers are listed in figure 1.  The list of general change drivers is developed based on an analysis of EU-, national- and regional initiations and actions.  They are for example set EU, national and city goals, new recycling and bio waste legislation and regulation.  The list of individual change drivers is a summary of experiment participants’ motivation factors. 

The 10 experimentalists replied to the survey about which of the listed change drivers were in their opinion the most relevant and important. Which change factors influence most of their thinking and behavior?. The most influential change factors are all linked to the experimentalists’ subjective benefits: reducing the cost of public waste management, enhancing awareness and capacity, getting organic and rich soil and fertilizer, enhancing home garden growth and wellbeing, and disposal of food waste in an ecological and easy manner.   The key change factors are noted in figure 1 with a red tag.


Figure 1: Experiment 1: visions, objectives, change drivers and nudges. 

4. Multi-actor nudges and interventions to promote food waste bio composting and bokashi 

4.1. Nudge 1: Establish a community of practice 

The bokashi experiment of Lahti Living Lab target group is wide, not by quantity but by coverage of the target group. The experiment aims to engage and influence on following actors:

  • 10 experimentalists (see the youtube video below) 
  • 2 experts of experience 
  • Regional policymakers:  Päijät-Häme Regional Council
  • City of Lahti policymakers: Lahti Region Waste Management Authority
  • The public body that in practice is handling the food waste: Salpakierto Oy
  • Academia: University of Oulu
  • Business: BioProffa/Esbau Oy
  • Other inhabitants

In addition to the above stakeholders, the experiment has looped other stakeholders and experts that represent e.g. horticulture, microbiology, food advisory, capacity building organization, and urban greening planning expert. Totally 27 people are considered to be in the communication loop.

The experiment aims to engage and impact simultaneously all engaged actors.  The aim is to create actionable conditions (policymakers, policy implementers), obtain objective evidence of the applicability and effects (researchers), explore and uptake functional bokashi process (process know-how, goods, and consumable suppliers), and finally learn and test food waste bio composting in households.   

The below youtube video presents the 10 experimentalists who received their new bokashi buckets in June 2022:

4.2. Nudge 2: Bokashi buckets and starters guidance

All 10 experimentalists received a bokashi package and starters’ guidance in June 2022. 

4.3. Nudge 3: Analysis of bokashi drivers and obstacles 

At the beginning of the experiment, a deep dive into bokashi change drivers and obstacles was conducted.  The purpose of the analysis was twofold: firstly to find out the subjective motivational factors of the experimentalists,  but also to extend their know-how of the EU, national and local change drivers which are typically related to the legislation and regulation.


Figure 2: Bokashi change drivers and obstacles

The aim of the exercise was also to identify which of the change drivers may have an impact on the systemic transformation of the City Region Food System (Figure 3). We identified that new waste management, particularly bio waste, regulations and laws affect food waste management,  models, and structures. Also, the availability of bokashi and bio-composting goods and equipment paves the path to transformation. In a summary, the regulations urge us to consider starting bio-composting in households, and on the other thanks to equipment, the threshold to start bio-composting is lower than before.  This situation is the starting point for the bokashi experiment. 


Figure 3: Legislation, regulation and facilities to enhance urban food waste management 

4.4. Nudge 4: Online peer support 

The activation of the low-threshold Whats App group enables peer support among experimentalists.    

4.5. Nudge 5: Online expert by experience support 

The engagement of 2 Experts of Experience in the group appeared to be truly a value-adding nudge.  They supported the experimentalists,  and brought in their practical know-how of the bokashi process.   

4.6. Nudge 6: Social media visibility and public experiment 

The experiment was communicated and shared in Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Instragram by experimentalists, by other stakeholders and by the coordinator of the experiment.  The aim was to create encouraging pressure on the experimentalists and bring out their positive handprint on food waste management.   

4.7. Nudge 7: Self-reflection on bokashi experiment

All 10 experimentalists are committed to delivering 2 either blogs or video in which they reflect on the experiment.  The submission deadline is the end of September 2022.  The deliverables are saved into web page and distributed through social media.

4.8. Nudge 8: An initiation for public bokashi course

At the Lahti region, there has been no offering of a bokashi course by any institution.  The plan to start a short course next spring or latest 2023 autumn is in the process. The course will contribute to raising awareness and building capacity for bio-composting and bokashi.

4.9. Nudge 9: Matchmaking urban agriculture and Urban Greening Plans

In the Lahti region, urban agriculture is modest and practices are undeveloped.  However, the city supports the rent of allotments by providing the land areas. Urban agriculture is part of the Urban Greening Plans that municipalities are required to deliver. It’s part of the European Green Deal and EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030.  The experiment coordinator has communicated with a body (SYKE) that contributes to the development of Urban Greening Plans at the national level. The aim is to influence the city of Lahti to update the Urban Greening Plan and integrate urban agriculture into the content. 

4.10. Nudge 10: Contribution to the ongoing academic research

Biodiverse Anthropocenes is a Research Programme of the University of Oulu supported by the Academy of Finland PROFI6 funding (2021-2026). This innovative and transdisciplinary research initiative brings together scholars from across the social and natural sciences to collaboratively investigate the biodiversity loss currently threatening multi-species well-being and planetary sustainability, and to generate future-oriented solutions both in the Arctic and around the planet.

Bokashi bio-composting is considered in the research program as a mode of urban waste management.  Lahti Living Lab bokashi experiment has given a tiny input to the program.  The Bokashi experiment is one of the ongoing local case studies in Finland.

4.11. Nudge 11: Lobbying to harmonize national urban food waste procedures on bokashi

Due to the novelty of bokashi and also to the recent update on bio-waste management law, the waste management authorities’ practices related to bokashi vary in different regions in Finland.  The aim is to influence firstly local waste management authorities’ insight and interpretation so that it gives an opportunity to carry out the bokashi type of bio composting solutions.  The second aim is to communicate the different practices to show the variation. . 

4.12  Nudge 12: Capacity-building event 25.8.2022 

The below youtube video allows you to peek at the capacity-building event that was arranged by Lahti Living Lab on Thursday 25.08.2022 at the idyllic premises of Ahtiala Old Railway Station. Nearly 20 women share knowledge, experiences, and insights on food waste recycling, bio-composting, and bokashi composting.


Figure 4. Capacity-building event at Ahtiala old railway station

5. Innovation actions and results 

5.1 Lahti Living Lab’s innovation actions, results, and analysis of results  

Innovation actions: 


Innovation actions aka experiment’s results:


5.2 Anticipated and actual action per SMART Goals  

The four first indicators are on the city, region or national level.  In short term, the experiment has no impact on them.  In long term – 5 years – the enhanced bio composting solutions, including bokashi, has an impact on the three first indicators, but the main reason for the transition is the improved laws and regulations.   Bokashi experiment raises awareness of the importance of soil in food production and household gardens,  and thus in a tiny way impacts food self-sufficiency in Finland. 

The other indicators in the table are directly linked to the implementation of the experiment.  Only one goal was not achieved, which is the goal to deliver innovation. The other goals were achieved or exceeded.


6.  Expected impacts 

The result aims to influence research, policymakers, policy implementations, and capacity-building institutions. They have a key role to raise awareness of different food waste management solutions that households can and will apply.  After 5 years, inhabitants will separate better the biowaste than today. Those who are able to bio-compost by using isolated heat composters are the mainstream. But there is also room for those urban citizens who want to show their positive carbon handprint and process their food waste into enriched organic soil and fertilizer. For them, bokashi bio-composting will be a well-known, available and feasible solution.

The reuse of food processing residuals in the household gardens to renovate soil and enhance plant growth and yield has an impact on inhabitants and city regions.  The impact reflects on inhabitants’ empowerment, resilience, and self-sufficiency in urban agriculture and food production. It has positive impacts also on biodiversity. Urban agriculture binds carbon which fosters carbon neutrality and thus mitigates climate change.  

7.  Additional material 

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Performance Assurance (PA) in the Research and Innovation Action (RIA)

I’m in the process to write my share into the Horizon2020 periodic report. The aim is that we – project consortium partners – look backward and assess what went well and what didn’t go so well. What was the performance and progress in the research and innovation action compared to the grant agreement?

While writing I reflect on good Performance Assurance and Monitoring (PA/PM) practices that are in use in the best organizations e.g. in industrial organizations, public institutions, and companies. How do they assure and monitor their performance?

In Horizon2020 research and innovation projects, the purchaser of the action, i.e. European Commission, defines that the project coordinator’s responsibility is to monitor the project performance and progress.

However, it may happen that EC’s command rules the project practices. The project coordinator puts all efforts into Performance Monitoring (PM), and neglects Performance Assurance (PA). If the project coordinator doesn’t implement Performance Assurance (PA) practices into the project, it gives an unofficial mandate to all partners to comply same questionable example.

The efficient, right directed and timely Performance Assurance (PA) measures are key variables in the project execution, progress, and performance.

Performance Assurance (PA) measures build the conditions that all partners have an opportunity to succeed and carry out good work.

High-class performance in the project regarding quality, delivery, and cost (value v.s. working hours) is a result of the project culture.

A world-class high-performance culture calls for leadership, communication, values, work teams, structures, human capital, performance assurance, and performance monitoring.

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Algorithm for Häme Rural Development

Häme’s (FI) rural areas development is now converted into an algorithm that runs multiple input and output variables.  

An open-source application provides a simulation tool and playground for Häme regional policymakers and authorities to foresight the rural long-term future until 2040.

The System Dynamics Modelling application is the result of PoliRural project efforts.

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City of Lahti – a potential follower of CITIES2030?

This is my home city – Lahti. It is located in southern Finland in the province of Päijät-Häme. Lahti is the biggest city in the province.

Looking down to centre of Lahti from the top of the ski jump concrete hill. Author=Pasixxxx |Date=2009-07-26 |This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

12 front-runner cities and regions

10 cities and 2 regions are currently engaged in the CITIES2030. The project incorporates diverse cities and regions as stated in the below table. These 10 cities and 2 regions are called front-runners.

10 cities and 2 regions GeographyDemography*)
Bremerhaven (DE), flat, temperate oceanic 1.200
Bruges (BE), flat, temperate oceanic 850
Haarlem (NL), flat, temperate oceanic 5.461
Iaşi (RO), uplands, humid continental 3.092
Quart de Poblet (ES), flat, Mediterranean,dry/hot summer 1.300
Murska Sobota (SI), flat, temperate oceanic 806
Seinäjoki (FI), flat, subarctic 44,26
Troodos (CY), mountainous, Mediterranean, hot semi-aridN/ap
Velika Gorica (HR), flat, temperate oceanic 190
Vejle (DK), flat, temperate oceanic 400
Vicenza (IT), flat, humid subtropical 1.400
Vidzeme region (LV), highlands, humid continental N/ap
* Density Number of inhabitants per km2. Source: CITIES2030

38 follower cities and regions

Cities2030’s aim is to engage a total of 50 cities by the end of the project covering a spanning diversity of scales, climates, and terrains, from continental to coastal settings. At the end of the day, Cities2030 will engage 12 front-runners and 38 followers.

Lahti locates in the province of Päijät-Häme being the biggest city in the province. The three strategic RDI target fields in the Päijät-Häme province are sports, food & drinks, and the manufacturing industry. The RDI strategy is updated in November 2021 (link)

The province’s and accordingly Lahti’s strategic orientation to focus RDI efforts too on food & drinks sounds like a good idea from Cities2030 perspective. S&L will be following the next acts in Päijät-Häme province and in Lahti waiting for an opportunity to initiate cooperation between the city of Lahti and Cities2030.

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Extended Innovation Pattern (EIP)

We, in the CITIES2030 project, have a hypothesis: 12+ pilots carry out an Extended Innovation Pattern (EIP) to deliver innovations to capitalize, best practices to share, and improvements to enhance processes. The innovation environment is built upon a multi-actor approach and open innovation. CITIES2030 project contributes to the transformation of Urban Food Systems. 

The platform to generate innovations, novel practices, and process innovations is Living Lab. Each of the 12 cities i.e. 12 pilots establishes a Living Lab that engages and activates regional and local multiple stakeholders to assess, study, develop and innovate new attributes on CITY REGION FOOD SYSTEM (CRFS). The aim is to foster the Urban Food System transition towards 2030.

Eventually, by the end of the project, CITIES2030 has engaged 50 cities all over Europe. These multiplier’ cities follow and learn from the pilot cities’ achievements, and initiate their own transition pathways towards 2030.

The description of the implementation of Extended Innovation Pattern is in the technical report D5.2 CRFS Living Lab facilitators, and guidelines for development and innovations.

Transition needs system innovations among other things, hence we delivered a technical report at WP3 – D3.3 Systems Thinking Methodology.

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The observations and insights of PoliRural project – Grass roots needs analysis

The survey was developed in parallel in all the PoliRural 12 regional pilots during the same period, beginning on Feb 10th and ending on March 9 th 2020. In Häme the survey gathered the interest of a total of 90.  The below conclusion is copied directly from the deliverable D4.2 and it reflects all 12 pilots.   


The differences among the European territories and population with regard to geographic, cultural, language and other factors, do not mean to be a weakness and could be identified as a strength due to the commonalities that arise from the detail study on the needs and factors of attractiveness for the rural areas.

However, there is a need to create the conditions to improve the attractiveness of rural areas connected to the development of a framework for coordinated program and activities towards different economic sectors in rural areas, which express the need to build the different policies based upon the coherence and strategic planning, of policies, measures and activities with a holistic view.

More than 80 needs where identified in this exercise, however, it was possible to reach to a common understanding of the most important needs with a total number of 32 needs finally assessed that have allowed to develop cluster maps per each of the 7 pillars and needs, integrated into 4 different categories: Quality of life; Social capital; Cultural appeal; and Natural capital (see below image).

Note: The light blue text in the mind-map means that this need is also identified in Häme region.

The digitisation process of the society and the economy is well connected to the factors of attractiveness of rural areas. At this regard there is common concern on the need to have a good internet connectivity (broadband) in the whole territory, which is a framework condition for the further development of other digital services.

The sustainability and environmental aspects are strongly considered as factors of attractiveness of rural areas. All the regions highlighted the importance of these aspects in relation to different categories for the attractiveness: social capital, cultural appeal and natural capital.

One of the most relevant factors, is the one related to the need of finding more employment possibilities to reduce the dependency ratio and improve the conditions to attract new entrants, with a special view to women and youth. Gender equality and the participation of women and youth in business and in the society, is also relevant to consider future actions oriented to rural areas.

Finally, the mobility rural-urban and the provision of public services (medical, educational and dependents care) are very relevant needs identified and prioritized through the exercise. These are considered of importance to improve the quality of life, avoid the abandonment of rural areas and attract new entrants.

COVID-19 has also affected the need to support of tele-working opportunities prioritized by only two regions. It is supposed how tele-working will have a stronger view for the future development of opportunities in the rural areas that cannot be neglected. Another effect is the one related to e-health, e-learning and other digital services, like e-commerce, that will allow to enhance the capacity to develop the factors of attractiveness of rural areas in the future.


D4.2 Grassroot Needs & Factors of Rural Attractiveness,,

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The observations and insights of PoliRural project – Häme region System Dynamics Modeling and drivers analysis

PoliRural’s twelve (12) pilot teams have familiarized themselves with the system modelling process through four phases. The four phases are the

  • Drivers Analysis for 12 local pilots
  • Building the Matrix KPI – DRIVERS
  • The High-Level Model
  • System Dynamics Experts’ Layer

As described by Dr Patrick Crehan (CKA) in the internal working document for PoliRural’s twelve (12) pilots:

“DRIVERS ANALYSIS is a process whereby you obtain an overview of the factors that are driving change in your region, with a view to understanding the challenges faced and how they are likely to evolve in the coming years.”

PoliRural’s 12 pilots’ Drivers Analysis built-up information and insights that made it possible for System Dynamics Modelling experts to identify rural attractiveness main dynamics and the related Key Performance Indicators (KPI). The second phase of the system modelling, which is “Building the Matrix KPI – DRIVERS”, was completed.



D5.2 Polirural Model (ed.2)

A STEEPV – Inventory of Drivers of Change

PoliRural reports

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The observations and insights of PoliRural project – Häme Change Factors Analysis (CFA)

The initial and overall  ambition of the Häme pilot is: 

The pilot will use PoliRural results to boost the region’s attractiveness by introducing business-friendly policies that can encourage new entrepreneurs to create products and services on circular-economy and well-being, which in the future may become a significant source of employment.

Change Factors Analysis (CFA) groups the identified change factors in two: Factors that help to achieve desired change and factors that are against desired change.  Some of the change factors belong to both groups. 

The note “KPI” refers to the time series and other data that has been collected for Häme’s System Dynamics Modelling (SDM).


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The observations and insights of PoliRural project – Häme region drivers of change

The preliminary analysis of drivers, barriers and enablers

Häme pilot organized 12.3.2020 in Lepaa a workshop to identify drivers, enablers, and barriers that are assumed to have an impact on establishing new companies in Häme rural.  The below table summarizes the results.

STEEPV Inventory of Drivers of Change

The approach is based on STEEPV mnemonic. It consists of the creation of separate lists under six headings as follows.

SOCIAL Factors: These will include demographic trends, the evolution of the age-pyramid, issues related to gender, families and how they are organized, and any persistent or emerging phenomenon related to how society operates.

TECHNOLOGICAL Factors: These include all major technologies that will have an impact on work and leisure, what we consume and the way we consume, the services that make our lives easier, more interesting, or more fulfilling. These include infrastructure issues, such as road, rail, and airport but also communication infrastructures such as high-quality internet and rural broadband.

ECONOMIC Factors: These include everything that has an impact on our ability to get a job or earn a living, support a family, setup a business. It includes the quality of work and the cost of living, the burden of renting, the ability of young people to buy a house or save for the future. Taxation, the burden of debt-service, private and public sector borrowing. The cost of looking after old people, the distribution of wealth, income inequality and wage stagnation. Trends related to public-private partnership and the cost of basic services such as energy, water, education, and healthcare. Record amounts of money going into VC and PE, the emergence of decacorns (as opposed to unicorns) as well as an accelerated shift away from coal and oil towards more sustainable sources of energy.

ENVIRONMENTAL Factors: These included everything to do with weather and climate, CO2 emissions and what is generally referred to as natural capital. This includes stocks of good quality soil and water catchment areas, pollution, access to water for drinking and domestic use, industry, and irrigation, mineral resources such as metals and rare-earth elements for mobile phones, computers, wind turbines and PV panels, as well as for batteries. It includes biodiversity such a populations of winged insects, native species, nature reserves and everything required to maintain robust eco-systems. Diseases and parasites of plants, trees, crops, animals, and humans.

POLITICAL Factors: These include policies, institutions and initiatives including new legislation at international EU or member state level. At EU level, there is the impact of BREXIT, the new commission  with its new priorities and budgets, ambitious plans for the Green Transition, and facilities for the post-

COVID world. There is the latest wave of CAP reform. Finally, there is a changing international order, in which the roles of superpowers such as the US and China have evolved considerably, trade wars are looming and new regions have gained I significance, in particular Africa.

VALUE Related Factors: One of the most powerful forces shaping human behaviour is the set of ‘values’ that inform how individuals see the world, and how they make decisions as consumers and as citizens and as voters. So, this category includes things such as the rise in student and employee activism, concern for the planet, new food movements, interest in cooperatives, concern for personal privacy and distrust of big-tech companies (such as Facebook).

In the POLIRURAL project we divided up the work of exploring these 6 categories among 6 teams, each more or less corresponding to two of the POLIRURAL pilot regions. This resulted in the selection of 64 “drivers” which are inventoried in this document.  The resulting ‘inventory’ contains 64 drivers across the 6 categories. It is not by any means exhaustive. But it provides a useful starting point for the ‘drivers analysis’ activity in each of the 12 regional Foresight pilots.

A STEEPV Inventory of Drivers of Change

The analysis of drivers of change (STEEPV) in Häme

HÄME pilot stakeholder group gathered in groups Teams platform on 27.8.2020 for a workshop to identify the drivers affecting the attractiveness of the Häme region. The goal of the workshop was to discuss:

  • How is the change happening in the area?
  • What changes are happening right now? 
  • What changes are likely to occur in the future? 
  • The order of importance of the drivers of change and the possibilities of influencing change.

The stakeholders were divided into 3 subgroups with 2 STEEPV categories per group. Groups were working on google drive with the aim of identifying the most important drivers from the drivers inventory listing. First, every member took a look at the drivers of change and chose the most important drivers affecting the goal of Häme pilot, then the group together chose the most effective change drivers and started the discussions on the basis of the questions on the table.  The questions groups were dealing with were:

  • Is the power of change affecting Häme now? How?
  • How is the change likely to continue in the future until 2040? Rate + / – / 0
  • Desired change (How do you see the desired future?)
  • Opportunities to influence the drivers of change (on a scale 1-5)

The summary of STEEPV groups identified by stakeholders

Häme stakeholders’ accumulated scoring by STEEPV groups is demonstrated in the below radar. The main outcome is that political and environmental change factors draw stakeholders’ attention. This result doesn’t mean that the other change factor has no meaning.

The results by each STEEPV group identified by stakeholders

Social Technological Drivers of Change

  • The skewed age distribution of rural areas – an aging population 
  • Increasing need for community 
  • Rural Society 5.0 – Smart Village 
  • The need for a sustainable lifestyle – climate change – the environment 

Technological Drivers of Change 

  • Broadband availability is a prerequisite for digital change.
  • Digital change is inevitably advancing, the challenge is to make the right use of it for rural development and entrepreneurship 

Economical Drivers of Change

  • Diversification of economical activities in rural areas and development of entrepreneurship and new business, economical sustainability
  • Digital, smart agriculture; profitability, transparency of food, benefit for farmers, not only for big (and rich) farmers 
  • Public investment (eg in infrastructure and telecommunications), political influence
  • Accessibility and mobility, new solutions are needed in rural areas 

Ecological/Environmental Drivers of Change 

  • Climate change (combating and adapting -> pioneering the search for solutions), subsidies to farmers, commitment to do actions .The discussion noted that many other forces for change in the theme are related to this. Like exceptional weather conditions which effects crop yields, heatwaves etc. 
  • Tipping points: The corona crisis has shown that it is important to be prepared for and able to react to unforeseen situations.

Political Drivers of Change

  • Regional Policies, direct actions strongly to wanted purposes e.g. circular economy. There is competition between cities and rural areas (which are not wanted). Including CAP, rural tourism policy etc.(41)
  • Policies of environmental and biodiversity affecting in EU – so in Häme too, possibilities for new business (but could be drivers or barriers, too).

Values as a Drivers of Change

  • Concern for the planet, the environment and the climate, linking with all development. Giving business opportunities for circular economy and wellness entrepreneurship. Foresight initiatives important, Häme leader. 
  • Glocalization, regional solutions important, hope for future, community actions needed 


The following table summarizes the results i.e. the most important change drivers in the Häme region obtained in the above-mentioned two stakeholder workshops.  The main results are from the latter workshop (27.8.2020) which outcome is complemented with the classification of drivers (D), barriers (B), and enablers (E) that were discovered in the 12.3.2020 workshop (entrepreneurship-focused).

Key Policy Challenges:

  • Circular economy: Green Deal, CAP27
  • Entrepreneurship and new business opportunities: Digitalization, broadband
  • Experiences and well-being: COVID-19 response and effects, demand and need for welfare services (demography)