VTT aspires to create a clean globe
Your waste is valuable raw material for someone else. You need not look too
far in the future to imagine a world with no waste. Recycling, reusing, smart
production, water purification and zero-waste policies are changing the way we
produce and consume - ultimately the way we all live our lives. Creating a
clean globe is a joint project. It involves every line of business and society
at large. All material resources are relevant to clean globe related research.
Currently, focusing on incorporating a zero-waste policy is the most critical
driver towards a cleaner planet.
Views and foresights of clean globe
A heightened awareness of climate change all over the world has paved the way
for research and new business opportunities related to central challenges
regarding a clean globe, such as lowering emissions, the sustainable use of
materials and water efficiency. Life-cycle considerations are receiving
increasing attention in product development, as are the overall ecological,
social and economical aspects of production.
Rising living standards combined with the new global division of labour have
created considerable business opportunities in both preventing a decline in
ecologically sustainable living and in cleaning our globe.
Another key driver is urbanisation, which is advancing at an alarming pace.
New solutions relating to urban air quality and water use will become a fast
growing line of business with great potential within the near future.
Clean globe and VTT
VTT focuses on four technological areas in order to create a cleaner globe
through new business: purification, recovery & reuse, efficiency and
In practise this translates to a wide range of progress: VTT creates
technologies for emission mitigation and research is finding ways to make
products from CO2. Smart water reuse concepts, the valorisation of water
impurities and water efficient industrial processes show great promise, having
already had a considerable impact on production sustainability in
water-intensive industries - with far reaching effects promising to ultimately
have a role in easing global water shortage. Groundbreaking work done by VTT’s
experts has also enabled the ecoefficient exploitation of minerals and
production, which is both emission efficient and produces zero waste.
We are moving towards a clean globe with green solutions for water and waste.
VTT is leading this effort on many fronts.