The aim of the study is to investigate where solutions and innovations in the sectors of sustainable development (food and agriculture, urbanization, energy and materials, and health and well-being) are likely to emerge in Finland; explore global market opportunities for innovation in sustainable development; provide information on Finland's strengths in responding to market needs; and examine how to promote the commercialization of sustainable innovations through active policy action.
It was found that sustainable development innovations not only bring new value and growth to the companies that develop and commercialize them, but also solutions to societal challenges that meet the goals of sustainable development. Nearly 90% of all Finnish innovations of this decade include directly, or at least in partially, sustainability as their goals. Of the examined business ecosystems, Finland is performing best in the areas of transportation and industrial renewal, as well as in the “new work” and the forest industry ecosystems. In many cases, the value of a business ecosystem’s production can also potentially increase significantly with the growth of sustainable business. These ecosystems include agricultural sector, forest industry and healthcare.