Carbon Neutral Industry

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Project information:

Official name of the project: Hiilineutraali teollisuus -koulutuskokonaisuus (Carbon Neutral Industry -training program)

Duration of the project: 1.12.2021 - 31.12.2023

Project coordinator: VAMK

Funding: Ministry of Education and Culture

Budget: 175 000 €

Contact person in VAMK:

Asseri Laitinen, Senior Lecturer (School of Technology)

tel. +358 207 663 321,

Project website:

Project code: OKM/359/522/2020

RDI platform: Smart Industry

Language: Finnish

Project description

The project will develop and implement a multidisciplinary training package to strengthen industrial skills and innovation in sustainable development. The training will promote the employability of graduates and the skills of those in employment. At the end of the training, participants will have skills in sustainable development and circular economy, carbon neutral society and ecological product development, as well as in the development of life-cycle services.

The project aims to build up VAMK’s carbon-neutral skills into a 25-credit training package and offer it nationwide to strengthen the skills of employees in companies and unemployed job seekers in different sectors. The training will be delivered in a multi-disciplinary format, allowing for study alongside work or job search.


The project will modernise industry for sustainable development. The project will address the skills needs related to sustainable development, climate change challenges and the carbon neutral society, and aims to strengthen industry’s capacity to recover from the bust in the new green wave. The project will result in a carbon-neutral industry training programme, including courses and training materials for distance learning. The training will be delivered both through distance learning via Campus Online and face-to-face at Vaasa University of Applied Sciences.

Course contents:

  • Carbon Neutral Society 5 cr
  • Carbon footprint and carbon neutrality
    • Product, company, municipality, state
  • Emission reduction options (roadmap for emission reduction)
  • Emissions offsetting and carbon sinks
  • Sustainable development and circular economy 5 cr
    • Principles of sustainable development and responsibility and their global relevance
    • Circular economy business models and aspects of sustainable development
    • Application of circular economy and sustainable development in business
    • Sustainability reporting
  • Ecological product design 5 cr
    • Life Cycle Accounting (LCA)
    • Sustainable materials technology (incl. bio-based materials)
    • Sustainable production technologies (incl. 3D printing)
    • Ecodesign
  • Emission and Life Cycle Assessment Project 5 credits
    • Project-based course with as many real-life cases from the working world as possible
    • Emission calculation and/or
    • Life Cycle Assessment
    • Emission reduction maps
  • Industrial Service Design 5 cr
    • Industrial service design process
    • Life Cycle Services
    • Service prototyping (CoProtolab)

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