US to open innovation centre in Helsinki

The United States is to open an innovation centre in Helsinki. According to the U.S. Ambassador to Helsinki, Bruce Oreck, the centre costing around 74 million euros will be built as part of the embassy in the Kaivopuisto district of the city.

Yhdysvaltain suurlähetystö Helsingin Kaivopuistossa. Image: Yle

Energy efficiency will be one of the research sectors of the centre due to open in the beginning of 2014.

Ambassador Oreck announced the project at a business seminar in the central Finnish town of Jyväskylä on Saturday. In his speech, he invited all the executives present to take part in the centre’s activities. On Friday, former US Vice President Al Gore also addressed the gathering.

Oreck says further details will be released by the embassy in the next few days. The innovation centre is part of the US State Department's League of Green Embassies project. This is a global network of over seventy diplomatic missions formulating a common agenda for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation. Member embassies aspire to introduce innovative solutions, influence individuals and institutions in host countries and to play an important role in mobilising public action.