In the spring of 2022, a team of experts comprising representatives of LUT, the Kolli Foundation, and LAB University of Applied Sciences examined candidates that significantly contribute to the increase in the value added of forest. Three finalists are being put forward this autumn.
The final selection is made by a jury of external experts, who are separately nominated each year.
The jury 2022
Ramboll – low-carbon wood construction and design
Ramboll is an international design and consultancy company, which also specialises in sustainable wood construction. When it investigates construction solutions, Ramboll considers both life-cycle thinking and the strengths of different materials in different locations and implementations. Aiming for carbon neutrality is an important part of Ramboll's strategy, and wood is seen to significantly affect the attainment of these goals.
Truly ambitious objectives have been set in Finland for public wood construction. By 2025 up to 45 percent of Finland's new public buildings should have wooden structures. Ramboll has also recognised that wood construction is constantly increasing and that many new skilled players are needed in the field.
Metsä Spring and Kuura – textiles out of paper pulp
Kuura is a new kind of textile fibre made from paper pulp produced by Metsä Spring. Still in its research and development stage, Kuura is a non-fossil, biodegradable, bio-based product. In the future it will be possible to use it in the manufacture of textiles as such, or by mixing it with other textile fibres. Metsä Spring is an innovation company of the Metsä Group.
More than 100 million tons of textile fibres are produced around the world each year, and demand for sustainably produced textile fibre is high. At present, the main raw materials for textiles are synthetic fibres made from oil, and natural gas. When they are washed, they release microplastics that are harmful for the environment and for humans. Plenty of textiles are also made of cotton, whose production involves a myriad of problems linked with artificial irrigation, fertilisers, and pesticides.
eniferBio – getting protein out of industrial by-products
eniferBio is a biotechnology startup which is developing PEKILO®-technology – the world's most efficient manufacturing process for mycoprotein. PEKILO® is a fungus whose mycelium is grown by the company in bioreactors as a continuous process. The filtered and dried mycelium turns into a very protein-rich dried powder.
The process can utilise side-products of other fields of industry, such as the forest, biofuel, or food industries, for conversion in the process into a product with added value.