Green factory - towards carbon neutral production

Project: Business Finland project

Project Details


Climate change and its management is the most significant challenge facing in our society. The Finnish government has set a goal for a carbon-neutral Finland by 2035. The technology industry has published a low-carbon roadmap towards this goal. The means of the emission reduction mostly relate to important competitive factor in the international market. Achieving an international competitive advantage requires a joint project between Finnish companies and research institutes.

The GREEF co-innovation project involves Aalto University, The University of Oulu, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and six Finnish companies of different sizes. The project will help companies reduce the environmental impact of their operations and products and accelerate them towards their low-carbon and export growth targets. The project covers a number of green industry themes that apply to each company. While companies focus on their most relevant themes, the GREEF research ecosystem increases the impact on the consortium and the industry as a whole. The project combines industrial and scientific research in the best possible way. The results provide best practices and models for 1) sustainable branding in the industrial market 2) energy efficient production control and supply chain, 3) the suitability and environmental impact of metal AM methods as a manufacturing method. The project will also create a calculate for estimating companies' carbon footprint. The emerging know-how enables better identification of the environmental impact of the manufacturing industry and significant changes in operations and products that improve sustainability and competiviness.
Effective start/end date1/08/2131/12/23

Collaborative partners

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


  • Sustainable Manufacturing Finland
  • Greenhouse Gas Accounting for Manufacturers

    Peltokorpi, J., Vatanen, S. & Glock, C. H., 2024, Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing: Establishing Bridges for More Sustainable Manufacturing Systems: Proceedings of FAIM 2023. Silva, F. J., Ferreira, L. P., Sá, J. C., Pereira, M. T. & Pinto, C. M. A. (eds.). Springer, p. 912-919 8 p. (Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference article in proceedingsScientificpeer-review

  • Comparative Life Cycle Inventory Of PBF Additive Manufacturing And CNC Machining

    Reijonen, J., Silva, J., Pulli, O., Hahtonen, K., Ulkuniemi, J., Niskanen, J., Puukko, P. & Metsä-Kortelainen, S., 3 Oct 2023, Euro PM2023 Proceedings. European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA)

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference article in proceedingsScientificpeer-review