Cities: Espoo, Imatra, Vaasa and Joensuu. Liisa McDermott University of Jyväskylä Finland

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1 Cities: Espoo, Imatra, Vaasa and Joensuu Liisa McDermott University of Jyväskylä Finland

2 Reserach data and method Results from cities Conclusion

3 4 interviews from Espoo and documents 5 interviews from Imatra and documents 7 interviews from Vaasa and documents 6 interviews from Joensuu and documents The documents were climate, development and energy strategies of these cities Empirical approach Content analysis

4 Ulrich Beck s Risk society (Beck at al. 1994, Beck 1992) The Risk society is about how the modern society has produced intangible risks that are difficult to grasp Bourdieu s cultural capital (1986) started to seem significant during the research and has been added to explain how the risk society could be handled

5 Vaasa Joensuu Espoo Imatra

6 Brief History Used to be an are with villages close to Helsinki. It had some industries before it became a city in the 1970s e.g. lumber, brick and glass industries It was mostly a vacation area for people in Helsinki It had some industries in the past e.g. lumber brick and glass industries no energy intense industruries Espoo was developed piece by piece, developing areas around Espoo. Because of how Espoo has developed in the past it has no real city center and is spread out on a big area. Still it is urban enough that using bioenergy is not considered to be an option. These days Espoo is the second biggest city in Finland inhabitants University city

7 Espoo The strong influence of the Green party Energy experts like working in Espoo because they get support for their ideas Social capital leading to cultural capital (Bourdieu) Espoo is a part of RCE (Regional Centers of Expertise) and the Covenant of Mayors which is an European movement on energy efficiency and renewable energy voluntary commitment to enhance these things Challenges of a growing area Traffic, pollution issues etc. More geoenergy and solar energy Electricity is bought according to price from Nordpool. The prosentage of renewable electricity depends on the price of renewables. If renewable electricity happens to cheap Espoo buys more renewables.

8 Espoo has voluntarily taken part in different programs which seems to be the outcome of the green party Although this has not made energy any more carbon neutral in Espoo Espoo does not own their heat production facililties --> Desicions of the Fortum Ltd effect their CO2 emission outcome Espoo has a net positive migration and succesful businesses Renewable energy is not needed to support local public policy and the local economy

9 Brief History A paper and steel industry town energy intense industries Imatra has been a city favored by Russian travellers in the past Tourism by Russians in Imatra was ended by Finland becoming indepenadnt in 1918 now it has started again

10 Imatra suffered very much from the depression in the 1990s and when the paper industry started to lose its position in the global market Imatra does not have a University inhabitants Imatra has lost a lot of inhabitants

11 Imatra is planning to utilise bioenergy instead of russian natural gas The main motivation for this desicion was price. They did not get the amount of financial support that they would have wanted Imatra seems to lack innovative ideas and new industries Loss of inhabitants Loss of human and cultural capital (Bourdieu) No University The main area of expertise, paper, is not as globally significant as it used to be

12 There needs to be a strong political will According to the interviews there has been plans on using bioenergy for 20 years. Politicians did not think energy was a siginificant issue to consider.

13 A city in Western Finland Traditionally a metal and engineering works city A University city Connection to Sweden traditionally Vaasa does not buy green electricity There is renewable energy production in the area

14 Vaasa has long traditions in metal and engineering works They make parts for wind turbines -> Renewable energy is business for the area of Vaasa The University! Brings the area new ideas and expertise Vaasa does not seem to be a town that is ideologically green they do not have e.g. a climate strategy Still they work on renewable energy it is their gold mine

15 A city in North Karelia Traditionally has been strong in the forest industry Is close to forests source of bioenergy Has long traditions in forestry Connection to Russia Joensuu is a part of North Karelia. North Karelia is planning to be a carbon free province.

16 The rise of the price of oil in the end of the 1990s Effect on local public policy Hard times in the past, depression of the 1990s and deindustrialisation The people are willing to fight for the future of the area The University! Brings new ideas and expertise Education in different areas of forestry They have expertise and long traditions in forestry

17 Areas that have cultural capital are able to handle challenges of the risk society Cultural capital makes intagible risks easier to grasp Areas in which renewable energy has been succesful are in cooperation other actors and seem to have international contacts

18 Sources: Beck, Ulrich Risk society : towards a new modernity / Ulrich Beck ; translated by Mark Ritter. London : Sage, 1992 Beck, Ulrich; Giddens, Anthony; Lash Scott Reflexive Modernization. Politics, Tradtion and Aesthetics in Modern Social Order. Polity Press. Bourdieu, Pierre The forms of capital. Pages: In the book: Handbook of theory and research for the sociology of education. Edited by Richardson, John D. New York. Greenwood Press.

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