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Train2Sustain LTT activity in Omnia, Espoo

Omnia hosted the fourth LTT activity of the Train2Sustain project in hybrid mode in Espoo, Finland on 15.-17.11.2022.

Partners from Vaasa, Denmark and Portugal gathered in Espoo for three days to discuss and work on the themes of sustainability and circular economy. Our Austrian partner couldn’t make it to Finland but participated online.

The days included workshops, presentations as well as finalising and testing the produced material. The workshops included getting inside the 360˚ environments and amending the hotspots therein and updating all other created materials as seen appropriate. A great deal of effort was put on designing and planning the piloting event to take place in January 2023.

Sustainable gastronomy

We had an opportunity to get to experience sustainable gastronomy first hand while visiting the Restaurant Nolla (Zero). Their aim is to minimise the amount of waste they produce with everyday actions that follow their sustainable values and waste-free ideology. They say about their approach: ”Our approach to sustainability goes beyond the basics like food packaging and plastic. We have thought of every little detail, from our clothing to our energy consumption.”

Circular economy in the working life of the future

Leading specialist Laura Järvinen from the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra gave a thought provoking and intriguing presentation about the research that has been made in Finland by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra concerning the circular economy and its implementation in the working life of the future.

As a conclusion of her presentation she gave a list of impacts the circular economy is predicted to have on skills:

  • Chemical, construction and technology sectors are undergoing rapid changes that are reflected in the skills required of employees
  • Job titles are expected to remain largely the same, but their content will alter
  • Employees will have a broader range of duties and teams that combine diverse competencies
  • Co-operation between different parties increasingly common
  • Basic competencies of each industry complemented by task-specific circular economy skills acquired through learning on the job or supplementary training

Sustainability in VET organisation, the Omnia approach

Quality manager Satu Gripenberg and Planner for sustainability and quality Sonja Jurmu gave an insight on Omnia’s strategy and in the different steps and actions Omnia has made on the way to be sustainable and responsible VET provider. These actions include, among others, applying for and having been granted the OKKA Foundation’s Sustainable Development Certificate and EcoCompass Certificate.

Each year, Omnia promotes the following UN themes for sustainable development:

  • Carbon-neutral Omnia, cross-cutting theme for 2021
  • Omnia promoting human dignity, cross-cutting theme for 2022
  • Omnia’s circular economy, cross-cutting theme for 2023
  • Smart and resource-wise Omnia, cross-cutting theme for 2024

All in all, we had a hard-working and fruitful meeting with a lot of food for thought. Next time we’ll meet in Graz, Austria for the piloting event of our products.

See you in January 2023!

The author:

Mika Heino

Expert, International Affairs, Omnia, the Joint Authority of Education in Espoo Region



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Learning, Teaching and Training activity at ATEC – Portugal

From the 5th to 9th of September, the Train2Sustain partners met at ATEC in Palmela, Portugal, for the second face to face Learning, Teaching and Training Activity.

ATEC headquarters at Palmela – Portugal

The meeting started with a presentation of ATEC’s activities and the Portuguese Education and Training System, followed by a walk around the facilities, in which partners had the opportunity to follow the training developed by ATEC and talk with some of the trainees.

Lean and Sustainability in practice

One of the activities proposed by our project to practically implement sustainability is the Lean Exercise Pen game, which simulates a plant of ball pens and its production. Partners had the opportunity to play the game during the first day and understand how Lean can contribute to a more sustainable business approach.

Lean Exercise Pen game

During the afternoon the attention was to the learning units’ contents and SWAY. The group was divided in smaller groups and each one worked in two different units, analyzing in detail and providing feedback for the improvement of the intellectual output.

The Navigator Company

The morning of the second day was dedicated to a visit to The Navigator Company, which is an integrated forest producer, whose end products are pulp & paper, tissue, and energy. The Navigator Company is Portugal’s third largest exporter and also the largest national added value generator, accounting for approximately 1% of GDP, about 3% of all Portuguese exports of goods and near 6% Portuguese containerized cargo.

During the visit to Setubal’s plant it was possible to see how The Navigator Company deals with sustainability, mainly with Responsible Forestry Management, Forest Certification and Biodiversity Conservation, in more than 120.000 hectares of woodland the company owns in Portugal.

Visit to The Navigator Company

During the afternoon the group was again divided in smaller groups to work on the Intellectual Output 2, the learning activities. During the time dedicated to it the different groups analyzed the 12 proposed activities of the project and, in a similar way as in the day before, prepared structured feedback for the improvement of the different outputs.

The day ended in a very friendly environment with the official project dinner, where the typical bacalhau was the king!

360º digital environments

The last day was dedicated to the four 360º digital environments that are being prepared by the project:

  • Home environment
  • Hospitality & Retail
  • Building industry
  • Manufacturing / Technical fields

Partners learned by doing how to use H5P and the potential of the application for developing learning solutions embedded in 360º digital environments.

The end of the activity was dedicated to the last LTT event to be held in Graz, Austria, where all the intellectual outputs will be delivered to partner’s teachers that will act as multiplier in their own institutions.

The project team

The author:

João Alves
ATEC – Academia de Formação

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Zero Waste

Buy less, choose well, make it last

Vivienne Westwood

What is the idea behind zero waste anyway?

Feel free to join a short thought experiment: When you get up in the morning, you brush your teeth and take a shower. The toothpaste tube, the toothbrush, the bottles for shampoo, shower gel and conditioner – everything is made of plastic. Then you go to the kitchen and make yourself a sandwich for work. The toast, the cheese, the ham and the peppers – everything comes from a triple layer of plastic. On the way to work, you get a coffee at the bakery – once again the lid is plastic. Now imagine that all these packaging materials are collected in a pile, probably this collection is quite big and only for the first hours of your day. Imagine how much plastic and waste in general accumulates in the course of the day for just one person.

Zero Waste is generally not about actually reducing waste to zero, as this is unfortunately almost impossible, but about increasingly resorting to sustainable, biologically degradable solutions and thus protecting the environment by avoiding waste.

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Different ways to travel

What is sustainable travelling?

Sustainable travelling is not just minimizing your carbon footprint choosing the most ecological transport. “Sustainable tourism is all about achieving a balance between economic growth, human well-being and environmental health. It focuses on reducing the negative impacts of tourism and on maximizing the positive benefits for communities, cultures, ecosystems, and the planet.”

We decided to find out the difference between travelling the traditional way or doing it in a sustainble manner. Our experiment was carried out during the trips to and from our project meeting in Sønderborg, Denmark.

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LTT meeting in Denmark

Twelve enthusiastic persons representing 4 European countries meet at EUC Syd in May 2022 in the project Train to Sustain. The topic was sustainability in many relations and contexts.

We need more globes

“Sønderborg Forsyning”,, demonstrated how to handle waste and wastewater and here we learned about involvement of society, citizens, and educational programs from primary school and onwards throughout the whole education system – from ABC to PhD.
High-end engineering in combination with a clear vision is told to the public through events and clever information really made a change and impact in Sønderborg.

We need more globes if we keep consuming as we do now:
The world 1.6 – Denmark 4.2

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Fashion is one of the most polluting industries

According to Industry Europe, European textile consumption ranks number four in the terms of environmental impact after food, housing and mobility. Textiles is the third highest area of consumption of water and land use, and fifth highest for the use of primary raw material.

Textiles are used in clothing, household goods, furniture, medical and protective equipment and makes a day of our everyday life and the production and consumption of textiles continue to grow.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation global textile production almost doubled between 2000 and 2015. The European Environment Agency expect textiles consumption to grow by 63% by 2030.

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Green Tech Cluster in Austria

In this article, we want to introduce the Green Tech Cluster to you, which is located in Styria, Austria. The Green Tech Cluster is a global centre for innovative energy and environmental technology. It was founded in 2005 with 80 organisations. Nowadays, it consists of more than 200 companies and research institutions. Together, they want to make our planet greener.

The aim of Green Tech Cluster is to show that sustainable actions do not only cause costs, but they lead to a global competitive advantage. Therefore, the member organisations of the cluster are working on many diverse innovative solutions for more sustainable and circular actions and processes in different fields:

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Increase the amount of vegetarian food and reduce waste

Omnia’s student restaurants are constantly striving to find new ways to increase the amount of vegetarian food, reduce waste and operate in a safe manner.

Three thousand diners visit Omnia’s seven student restaurants every day. The more diners there are, the more food is also prepared, and the greater the impact of the choices made in the kitchen. Omnia’s food services are constantly considering how to produce food more sustainably and safely.

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Upcycling bread

Resurrect your Bread – again and again…

Reusing old bread in new bread recipes is a common way to use leftovers from a previous bread production.
According to various experiments (in house), it is possible to add up to 20% old bread in a bread recipe – of the same type of bread. There is a few conditions, which must be met in the process.

The bread should not be moulded in any way it is easy to smell if the bread has started to mould – it smells like an “old wet basement” or if the mould is visible on the bread. Discharge the whole bread if it is mouldy.

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The contribution of Artificial Intelligence to Sustainability

When we hear about Artificial Intelligence, we can immediately associate it with concepts such as technology, innovation, automation, robotics, efficiency, and even possibly the replacement of human beings.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a technology that is part of the Computer Science area and is understood as the development of machines with the ability to learn, which are programmed in advance, making use of well-elaborated and complex algorithms that provide decision-making and problem solving, extrapolations and even interactions based on the data provided (Damaceno and Vasconcelos, 2018). In a more simplified way, we can consider that one of the goals of AI is the development of machines that carry an intelligent behavior, very similar to human behavior, so that they can act in complex environments (Nilsson, N., 1998).

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