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For a sustainable future

EcoFellows Ltd. (Ekokumppanit Oy) provides information, counselling, training, and specialist services in the Tampere Region in order to promote lifestyle choices and business activities that support sustainable development.

EcoFellows Ltd is a non-profit public company owned by the city of Tampere. The eco-partnership, which is unique even on an international scale, was established in Pirkanmaa in 2003 when the city of Tampere founded EcoFellows Ltd with its public utility companies and Tampere Regional Solid Waste Management Ltd. Since the beginning of 2009, Tampereen Sähkölaitos Oy (Tampere Energy company owned totally by the city of Tampere) has been the third owner of the company. EcoFellows Ltd is part of the European network of Energy Agencies.
 

EcoFellows provides services on four main fields which are energy efficiency and renewable energy, resource efficiency and circular economy, mobility and well-being as well as nature and environment.

Energy efficiency and renewable energy

EcoFellows has the status of being a Regional Energy Counsellor. Regional Energy Counselling is nationwide activity financed by the Energy Authority of Finland. The target groups of this activity are consumers, municipalities and SMEs. A regional energy counsellor provides free and impartial energy counselling to consumers, municipalities and SMEs in relation to energy and living, energy and buildings, energy efficiency measures, energy management, using renewable energy etc.

EcoFellows has a strong background working with several stakeholders starting from citizens ending to city officials and building professionals. City of Tampere has a strong political drive for being carbon neutral by the year 2030.

Relevant publications, products and services

Energy efficiency training for housing companies

Ecofellows Ltd. is currently offering a service for housing companies where mainly board members of the housing companies are trained to make energy efficiency actions in their buildings. We have trained already trained over 300 people in Tampere region.

URBACT Good practise Label for TARMO+ project

Our project for promoting low-carbon housing solutions was awarded by URBACT

Energy counselling

EcoFellows Ltd. is providing energy counselling services for Tampere region (Pirkanmaa) and Tavastia proper. Energy counselling is supporting municipalities, companies and consumers in making low-carbon actions in buildings they own.  Energy Authority of Finland, City of Tampere and Tampere Energy Company fund activities.

Projects

EcoFellows has successfully executed several projects concerning building energy efficiency and new technology solutions.

The Energy Wise Cities

The Energy Wise Cities project is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and aims to boost the role of the participating cities towards international example areas of energy-efficient housing, zeroenergy construction, diversified energy systems, energy efficiency monitoring and end user guidance. The integration of energy systems together with intelligent energy control enable open regional energy platforms and the development of flexible energy ecosystems. Tampere is one of the six cities in Finland participating this project and EcoFellows is one of the partners.

EU-GUGLE

In EU-GUGLE project (financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)) 8 housing companies from Tammela neighborhood in Tampere were renovated to nearly zero energy buildings using innovative technologies.  Special effort was put into planning of the renovation projects. A2B-CitizENs projects pilot example of the housing company Pohjolankatu 18-20 in Tampere participated in EU-GUGLE project. (Completed 2018)

Jakajat

The project Jakajat will create new, sharing-based models of living and moving through practical experiments. Experiments will be used to find out what kind of sharing economy services and business models can be used to spread new practices as widely as possible.

(Only in finnish)

KIERTO

THE CIRCULATION (KIERTO) – Functional Learning Environments for the Circular Economy project seeks new work around the circular economy by developing the skills of unemployed jobseekers to meet the needs of employers. The Ekokumppanit works in the project in an expert role in sustainable development, developing e.g. education and services promoting the circular economy.

(Only in finnish)

Lakesperience

The Lakesperience project aims to connect the lakes in Tampere (Finland), Linköping (Sweden), Tartu (Estonia) and Burtnieku (Latvia) as a joint tourist attraction. The project provides opportunities for lake tourism companies to develop their services for all seasons of the year.

PIHI

The PIHI – Pirkanmaa low-carbon sheeting solutions project develops more ecological material solutions for sheeting-like plastic products, e.g. for the food, packaging and toilet paper sectors. The project will also create a fast and diverse research and development environment for companies to make it easier to develop and bring lower-carbon products to market in the future.

(Only in finnish)

Sustainable tourism hub

The goal of the Sustainable Tourism Hub (Kestävän matkailun hub) project is to make the Särkänniemi area one of the visible drivers of the city’s low-carbon work in the field of tourism. The two-year project will build a concentration of low-carbon tourism services and an open development platform in the Särkänniemi area.

(Only in finnish)

TARMO+

In EcoFellows TARMO+ project (financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)) housing companies in Tampere were encouraged to execute energy renovations and deploy RES systems in the buildings. Housing companies were encouraged also into complimentary construction and group renovation projects. (Completed 2017)

Urb-En Pact

Urb-En Pact project is funded by Urbact III programme which is financed mainly by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The project aims to assist municipalities in each of the partner cities to develop integrated action plans for the achievement of Net Zero Energy territories.