Sustainability in scientific research
LUT is an important research actor in Europe and is renewing business and society. Our Trailblazers 2030 strategy focuses on research to renew business involving three basic elements – energy, water and air – that are linked to each other.
The interlinked elements and key questions in our strategy are:
- Energy: Transition to carbon-neutral world
- Air: Turning emissions into opportunities
- Water: Refining sidestreams into value
- Business: Sustainable renewal of business and industry
We produce solutions for these by means of technical and economic expertise in three Schools. Our research activities have acted as a springboard for many global best-selling products and new companies.
Our researchers also cooperate with our partners in LUT's multidisciplinary research platforms. One of the aims is to prevent climate change and safeguard the prerequisites for activities that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable for future generations.
We are involved in research cooperation with companies to develop an energy system that is 100% based on renewable energy. Science-based solutions are being used in an effort to limit climate warming to 1.5 °C. We're studying power-to-x technologies and processes that will revolutionise energy and food production. Our sustainability research examines topics that include the limits of natural resources and energy consumption.
Examples of our solutions:
- Food from air: production of single-cell protein using electricity and carbon dioxide
- Renewable energy: renewable fuels
- Renewable energy: power electronics in wind power generators
- Food security within planetary boundaries: Valumics project identifies policies that leverage sustainable, fair and resilient food value chains
- Personal carbon trading: The CitiCAP project concentrates on enabling and promoting sustainable urban mobility
We're also working for a sustainable future by resolving problems related to natural resources, availability of clean water, material use and the environment. For example, based on Finland's most comprehensive water purification expertise, micro-plastics and pharmaceuticals could already be removed from wastewater.
Our circular economy research optimises the overall sustainability of the environment, production and consumption. Replacing plastic with fibre-based materials, environmentally friendly refining of battery metals and developing a construction material to replace concrete are examples of research outcomes that help us influence positive environmental development in different industrial sectors.
Examples of our solutions:
Another of our research strengths is approaching sustainable value creation in a manner that allows companies to be successful in international competition while simultaneously operating in an economically, ecologically and socially sustainable way. One example is the handbook we produced to help cleantech companies internationalise: Internationalization Handbook for Cleantech SMEs (2018).
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