Sustainable future is built on competence and innovative solutions

The sustainability crisis is real. We are making substantial contributions and have created a detailed plan to integrate sustainable development into all our activity.
Join us on our journey towards change that affects us and, through us, the entire world.

Metropolia 2030 - We are accelerating the change towards a sustainable society

We approach change comprehensively and from a human-centered perspective. Our community of 17,000 accounts for half of the population of Savonlinna, which would make us the 66th largest city in Finland. We therefore have a great responsibility and opportunity to make a difference towards a sustainable future.
Our roadmap will guide our activity and will set ambitious goals for our journey towards 2030.

1. Responsibility for our own activities

Our activities are ecologically, socially and financially sustainable.

2. Continuous learning

Everyone at Metropolia will get sustainability know-how

3. Solutions

We build sustainable solutions together with our partners.
Metropolia will be carbon neutral
within 2030
Responsibility for our own activity

A responsible higher education community

Sustainable development guides all our thoughts and actions. To us, it means responsibility for people, the environment and the economy.
Towards a sustainable operational environment.
Ecological sustainability

Carbon neutral Metropolia 2030

We will expand our carbon footprint calculations
2021 - 2022
We will lower our emissions systematically
by 2030
We will offset emissions we cannot reduce.

Responsible and people-centered leadership

We will put our Equality Plan into practice.
2021 - 2022
We investe in safety and well-being of our staff and students

Sustainable growth

We make all investments and procurement according to responsibility principles
All of our financial investments are according to responsibility principles


Our roadmap covers the most impactful objectives, activities and indicators for our sustainability work.
"We have founded professional teams focusing on the themes of sustainable development and a network of sustainable development including both students and staff - working groups include almost 80 individuals."
Continuous learning

Everyone at Metropolia will get sustainability know-how

We will integrate sustainable development into all of our education.
We will invest in sustainability skills of our staff.
We will build individual learning solutions for different stages of life.
Expertise in utilization: COVID-19 vaccines given at the Myllypuro campus
138,500 pcs
The number of theses focusing on sustainable development in the year 2020
172 pcs
Our Target

Sustainable development as a part of all education

All 70 degrees have been evaluated from a sustainable development point of view
by 2023
goal 70
How many degrees were evaluated?
Our Target

Raising awareness for sustainable development

In 2022, nearly all Metropolia staff of one thousand will know the basic facts about sustainable development.
Our Actions

Simhe Metropolia - Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education

In the year 2020, we supported 1,131 highly trained immigrants living in Finland through individual and group guidance sessions at the career counseling services .
Metropolia has been developing the SIMHE initiative since the year 2016 - the number of students taking part in the initiative has grown significantly.
Get to know SIMHE
Our Actions

Agenda 2030 -analysis tool

This tool, produced in partnership with Metropolia, Headai and Eduix Oy, shows the contents of the Metropolia syllabi in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Read more about the SDG -analysis tool


Our roadmap covers the most impactful objectives, activities and indicators for our sustainability work.
"With us, every student from engineer to paramedic learns new skills and thinking to be applied to society and companies. Not only do we offer the keys to implement, but also to create and develop new and sustainable solutions."
Platforms promoting ecosystem co-operation on campuses
6 pcs
RDI projects underway during the year 2021
101 pcs

Innovative solutions for sustainability challenges

Climate change, traffic, health services, urbanization and construction are current challenges, for which we are developing sustainable solutions in our innovation hubs.
Solutions are created through innovation and research and in cooperation with different actors in society

Urban Farm Lab

Of the world population in the year 2050
over 30 % live in cities
Urban Farm Lab solves nutritional challenges of the urban environment with urban food technology.
Get to know Urban Farm Lab


The buildings cause over
30 % of all emissions
SmartLab is a smart home platform where the fields of property and construction are renewed by testing and developing solutions for user-friendly housing for different stages of the lifecycle.
Get to know SmartLab


In 2030 in Finland there will be
40 % more
85-year-olds and the need for social and healthcare services will grow.
In the HyMy-Village, individual health and wellness services are created for the growing need in support for ageing.
Get to know HyMy-Village

Sohjoa Baltic robot buses

Urban traffic trips are expected to increase
over the next 10 years.
Sohjoa Baltic robot buses will electrify public transport in densely populated areas.
Get to know the Sohjoa Baltic robot buses.


Our roadmap covers the most impactful objectives, activities and indicators for our sustainability work.


Towards carbon neutral Metropolia 2030
Metropolia's goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030. Carbon neutrality requires that the carbon footprint is calculated comprehensively enough and that it is reduced as much as possible. Metropolia's carbon footprint has been calculated for the first time in 2021.
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Podcast: Metropolia and possibilities of sustainable development (in Finnish)
Sustainable development is a cross-cutting theme in Metropolia's strategy. How can we make sure sustainable development is integrated from strategy into practice? How can we promote cooperation within higher education community in sustainability issues?
Listen to podcast
Metropolia promotes knowledge in sustainable development through a unique artificial intelligence solution
Metropolia has taken a leap towards the future of sustainable development by introducing a tool that allows analyzing the current situation in education in relation to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The tool was produced in co-operation with Headai and Eduix and is the first of its kind worldwide.
Read more

The UN Sustainable Development Goals guide our actions

To us, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are not just a declaration. We have identified eight most relevant SDGs from our 2030 strategy. Our roadmap is built on these goals. See how each goal is integrated in our everyday life.

UN Sustainable Development Goals at Metropolia

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