Sustainable urban development with circular economy

Sustainable urban development with circular economy

Creating sustainable, comfortable and safe urban development by utilising opportunities provided by the circular economy

YIT promotes the urban development of sustainable, comfortable and safe cities by building long-term and attractive residential environments. YIT increases low-carbon construction as well as develops services related to building lifecycle management. YIT designs and builds safe neighbourhoods that promote a sense of community in the respective region. ​

Our approach

Urbanisation is one of the megatrends we have identified as having a major impact on today’s society. We want to play a role in enabling sustainable, comfortable and safe living for people in cities as well as revitalise existing urban areas. We develop solutions based on the circular economy and promote carbonneutral construction.

Renovation, the use of recycled materials and property life-cycle services are good examples of our planned circular economy solutions.

Sustainable Urban Environments barometer 2022

Sustainable Urban Environments barometer aims to reveal the types of urban environments people wish to see developed. The participating city dwellers express their views on themes such as home, urban environment, transport and retail.

More about urban development and barometer

What is a sustainable city like?

A sustainable city is valuable for all of its stakeholders:


For citizens a sustainable city means it's a comfortable place to live in, services are close, public transportation operates well and it's a good surrounding for living a happy and sustainable life.


For companies, a sustainable city means a place with population density and flow is good enough for profitable business at the footing of buildings. There is demand for many kinds of services and it is possible to spesialise. Sustainable city is a lively place and an innovative environment for business.

City officials

For city officials this means attractive urban areas that support the city's future as a sustainable place to live and work in. Besides, it means trustworthy partnerships in urban development.

The environment

For the environment a sustainable city means less greenhouse gas emissions, smaller utilisation of natural resources and more places for the nature and biodiversity to thrive in the city.


In a sustainable city all three dimensions of sustainable development are taken into account:


From the social point of view, a sustainable city is a place where people feel comfortable in, where the community is strong and people feel attached to the neighbourhood. The city also feels like a safe place to live in. Daily life is smooth in a sustainable city.


A sustainable city minimises the greenhouse gases that are produced in and outside of the city. The need for private cars and other means of transportation is low and public transportation is effective and attractive. Biodiversity is protected and nature is a natural part of the city.


Economically a sustainable city continues to be an attractive area to live in from one decade to another and the local real estate maintains its value, thus being a safe investment for people. The technical solutions used in the buildings are also made to last and the buildings are easily maintainable.