Low-carbon Built Environment Programme

The Low-carbon Built Environment Programme supports the green transition of the built environment with total funding of EUR 40 million.

The programme aims to boost the development and dissemination of products, technologies, services and practices for the built environment that mitigate climate change and support decarbonisation, promote the renewal of economic structures and improve the competitiveness of Finnish companies based on sustainable solutions. The programme also aims to promote climate change adaptation.

Programme funding and criteria from EU recovery instrument

The Low-carbon Built Environment Programme implement’s the Finnish Sustainable Growth Programme, which is part of the EU's Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). In Finland part of the RRF funding is targeted to climate work related to the built environment.

The programme is run jointly by the Ministry of the Environment of Finland and Business Finland with support from KIRAHub and Green Building Council Finland.

The deadline for applications for funding is 28.2.2024

Ministry of the Environment has opened a call for applications where e.g. municipalities, joint municipal authorities, research institutes and associations can apply for funding for projects that promote the decarbonisation of the built environment or climate change adaptation. The total amount of funding to be applied for is EUR 800,000.

​​​​​​​More than 100 projects funded

The programme has granted funding for more than 100 projects to promote a low-carbon built environment in 2021–2023. Support has been granted to companies, municipalities, research institutes and NGOs.

In funding granted by Business Finland the focus has been on projects concerned with exports, while the Ministry of the Environment has provided funding for national research, development and innovation activities. The Ministry of the Environment also supports the programme through procurements.

The projects that are funded deal with the decarbonisation of the built environment from diverse perspectives, including low-carbon energy solutions and construction materials and methods for assessing decarbonisation. Some of the projects explores the ways how the design of buildings, construction operations and spatial planning can support decarbonisation. There are also projects concerned with a low-carbon circular economy and competence building. 

The projects funded from the programme are to be completed in 2025 at the latest and the whole programme will come to an end and be reported to the EU in June 2026.

Export promotion

As part of the programme, Business Finland has promoted exports.

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Events are being organised to present the projects and their results. More information on the events and other current issues related to the programme is available on the programme’s website and in the newsletter. Use #KIRAilmasto to follow the discussion in social media.

​​​​​​​ Funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU

More information

Maija Stenvall, Project Manager 
Ministry of the Environment, Department of the Built Environment, Buildings and Construction Telephone:0295250354   Email Address: