Invited Research Lecture: Overview of Sustainable Technology Development in Helsinki Metropolia University, Finland

Date: 06 Feb 2013 - 06 Feb 2013

Venue: SIMTech Training Room 4, Tower block, Level 3

Metropolia University is located in Helsinki Metropolia area with 16,000 students. The University has four fields of studies comprising culture, business, health care and social services as well as technology. Technology field is the biggest with 8200 students. Annual budget is approximately 120-140 million euros. At the moment 15 of the 68 degree programmes are taught in English. Technology programmes launched in English are Sustainable Building Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Electronics, Informational Technology and Media Engineering.

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a method for collecting and assessment information about products and services. Data collection phase in LCA methodology is called as inventory analysis (LCI) and evaluation of environmental or human health hazards as life cycle impact assessment (LCIA). ISO/EN 14044 standard gives guidelines and determines the requirements for the LCA implementation. Proper LCA study, also called as heavy LCA, should cover whole product life cycle from raw materials to product manufacturing, usage phase of products and finally to material recycling and final waste disposal. Major problem in LCA has been incomplete and unreliability information especially covering raw material deliveries. The phases of product consumption and final disposal are also difficult stages to document properly. The influence of missing and incomplete information may cause difficulties later in the conclusion making of LCA. In our present project co-operated with SIMTech we have been studying the component coding technology in LCA data acquisition.

European Union is publishing continuously different guidelines for environmental and many other fields. Those guidelines and directives can be used also in Singapore as references. Some interesting rules for Singaporeans could be instructions related on waste incineration and land filling. Presentation will show you some searching machines of instructions used in European Union area.  

Energy and water policies are under active discussion here in Singapore. Also in Finland a lot of process developing work has been done lately with waste to energy, recycling and renewable energy sectors. Bioethanol, biodiesel, pyrolysis oil, solar, wind and wave energies are the key words in future technology development. Water treatment technology in Finland has been already many years in a very high quality level.  

1pm        Welcome and Introduction
1.20pm    Presentation and Open Discussion 
               (1) Life cycle data acquisition Project
               (This project concentrates on streamlining the life cycle management of
               electronics, machines and metallic product industry.
               The 2-year Tekes-funded project was launched in March 2011)
               (2) Overview of EU Guidelines on Environmental Protection
               (3) Overview of Technologies in Waste and Biofuels/energy
                Please click here for Prof Ismo Halonen's presentation slides in pdf (All Rights
                Discussion on future collaborations

2.30pm    End 

About the Speaker
Dr Ismo Halonen is a Senior Lecturer and Environmental Technology Manager, Espoo-Vantaa Institute of Technology (EVTEK), Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Science. His main areas of specialisations are in Environmental Science and Environmental Technology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Legislation, Air Monitoring, Air Pollution Technology and Waste Management. During his postdoctoral period, he also gained experiences in Quality Management, Environmental Quality Management, Environmental Risk Assessment, Soil and water treatment technologies and Life Cycle Assessment.

Who Should Attend
Researchers, academic staff and engineering students. 

Registration for this lecture is free of charge. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For technical enquiries and collaboration: Dr Song Bin, Email:; Tel: 6793 8223.