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NewsPage 17.03.2020

Waste sorting and recycling the timely subjects for Chinese journalists

Chinese journalists got to see the process of waste to energy.

Finland has been a leading country in the development of smart cities and sustainable solutions. Many cities in Finland have made concrete plans towards a more sustainable future. To name a few, the capital Helsinki aims at being carbon neutral by 2035, the city of Espoo already five years earlier, while the City of Lahti was just chosen to be Europe’s Green Capital for 2021. Finland is leading the world in designing functional cities that are ecofriendly with smart applications in daily life.

In October 2019 eight journalists from Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hongkong, Taiwan, Singapore were invited to Finland by Finnfacts/Business Finland and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the theme: Smart Cities – sustainable recycling and energy solutions.   

During this media tour, journalists got to visit some smart cities districts and meet representatives from cities and government. They also visited a Finnish home to see how daily waste sorting worked before getting to know the end products – smart solutions in relation to recycling and energy production offered by Finnish companies. 

Smart cities as a broad topic interested all the invited journalists. This tour program focused mainly on waste recycling and sustainable energy solution, because China began to establish waste recycling system last year, starting from cities such as Shanghai and gradually extending the implementation to other cities.  

Some journalists also conducted interviews on topics relevant to their own cities including smart city districts in Finland etc.  

After the tour there have been so far 8 articles published in different channels. Below are what journalists took with them from the topics presented during their stay in Finland: 

HongKong 

Apple Daily: 創業起義】香港人要學芬蘭 (2019.10.29.) 

Hong Konger should learn from the Finns 

Shanghai 

Yicai (China Business News, CBN): 垃圾乘坐地下真空“快车”,芬兰为跑赢碳中和时间表拼了  (2019.11.24.) 

Waste rides underground vacuum "fast train", Finland fights to outperform carbon neutral schedule  

Yicai: 芬兰绿色经济 (2019.11.24.) 

The green economy from Finland 

Singapore 

NewsHub, Singapore推广循环经济 芬兰创造优势 (2019.11.24.) 
 
Promote circualr economy, Finland ceates advantages 

Beijing 

Why I was digging in the trash for one week in Finland 

Why I was digging in the trash for one week in Finland 

Low carbon journey of the trash in Finland: from waste bins to power station 

Nanjing 

Nanjing's waste sorting fully implemented soon, reporter visits the success story of Finnish circular economy