• Country:Finland
  • Population:190,847
  • Member of Covenant of Mayors?: Yes
  • Politician Who Signed: Matti Pennanen, Mayor of Oulu
  • Current Mayor: Päivi Laajala
  • Website: www.ouka.fi

City Introduction

Oulu is the sixth largest City in Finland and the largest urban concentration in the Northern Scandinavia with its 191,000 inhabitants. The City’s residents are its most important asset. The drive towards the future, creativity and innovation is likely due the youngest population in Finland and in Europe with an average age of 36,6 years.

Nowadays the Oulu Region is well known for its technology, the hi-tech growth, especially in the sector of ICT, having started to grow after the establishment of Oulu University in 1958. Oulu has also the highest regional R&D spending per capita in Finland. Northern Finland region has the third highest R&D intensity of all EU regions (6.58 %, Eurostat 2012). City has also a good business infrastructure and an innovation/R&D friendly central administration. Oulu recognizes the importance of tackling climate change in its’ future developments and has undersigned also the Covenant of Mayors.

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Related Initiatives

1. Arctic Smart City Living Lab project. The aim is to focus on the Arctic and the extreme conditions suitable for sustainable and energy efficient urban planning and construction. The key lies in exploiting ICT technologies for smart city construction. In Hiukkavaara INURDECO (INtegrating URban DEvelopment Concept) the city of Oulu develop a land use policy models, urban planning and construction Living Lab environment, and virtual interaction solutions for the zoning phase.
The first pilot project is Hiukkavaara eco-village (RESCA – Renewable Energy Solutions in City Area project). Ecovillage will be explored i.a. geothermal and hybrid solutions, solar and heat pump technologies, building-specific hybrid solutions, and measurement technology. The next step will be built Hiukkavaara center, which investigate the block-level Living Lab solutions for energy efficiency, as well as a virtual interface to the city.

2. Purchasing policy and innovative public procurement project.  The City´s procurement activities will be developed in such a way that expertise is more on broad-based knowledge acquisition than just knowledge of procurement law. Key themes are i.a. environmentally-friendly and innovative solutions for the application of the procurement contract, as well as new models of competitive bidding and the use of electronic tools

3. Digital Agenda. In 2013, the Digital Agenda for 2014-2015 will be established. One of the City’s strategic objectives is to increase customer self-service opportunities and e-services utilization so that obtaining or execution of the service requires a minimum physical movement and thus reduce the harmful environmental load. The aim is also to exploit the use of ICT for internal operations so that the electronic document management and archiving, as well as multiple use of existing data for various needs is carried out as efficiently as possible. Digital Agenda is a development plan for next few years, describing necessary steps and dependencies, implementation responsibilities, boundary conditions and indicators which will be monitored during the development life cycle