The United States will establish an innovation centre in the grounds of the U.S. embassy in Helsinki. According to Bruce Oreck, U.S. ambassador in Finland, his government is investing USD 100 million in the new centre over the next three years. The centre is set to open in the beginning of 2014.
The innovation centre is part of the US State Department's League of Green Embassies project and one of its key research sectors will be energy efficiency. The League of Green Embassies is a global network of over seventy diplomatic missions formulating a common agenda for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation. Member embassies aspire to introduce innovative solutions, influence individuals and institutions in host countries and to play an important role in mobilising public action.
According to Oreck, the U.S. Armed Forces is investing USD 7.1 billion in energy efficiency during the next decade as part of a green revolution in the country’s armed forces. For example, the U.S. Air Force is cutting its domestic use of fossil fuels by 50% by the year 2016. There are also plans to introduce solar energy on aircraft carriers currently powered by nuclear energy. All the new soldiers serving in the U.S. military will be trained to be energy-conscious.
Sources: Talouselämä, YLE