Helsinki Announces Plan How to Become Carbon Neutral by 2035

A Helsinki expert group has completed a proposal for an action plan that outlines how the city can be rendered carbon neutral by 2035. Entitled Carbon Neutral Helsinki 2035, the plan details how to reduce energy consumption and how to increase on-site renewable energy generation in the city. Carbon Neutral Helsinki 2035 is a realistic action plan marked by detail. The plan will be implemented side by side with a program to render the city’s centralized energy production carbon neutral.

In September 2017, Helsinki reset the city’s target year for carbon neutrality to 2035, speeding up the goal by 15 years from the earlier target year 2050. An interim goal is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60% from 1990 to 2030.

Helsinki city center. Photo credit: Suomen Ilmakuva/City of Helsinki

Helsinki city center. Photo credit: Suomen Ilmakuva/City of Helsinki

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Going smart, going green in Kalasatama

The urban development of Helsinki Kalasatama proceeds. As part of Smart Sustainable District Climate KIC program, Kalasatama has been selected to be the area where sustainable systemic change at district level is going to be introduced in Helsinki. By 2030s, it will offer a home for about 25,000 residents and jobs for 10,000 people. But how to turn Kalasatama into a smart sustainable district?

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Get to know the climate-smart Helsinki!

A new brochure features 30 climate-smart solutions in Helsinki! Both a holistic view and case-by-case solutions are needed when planning the Helsinki of the future. This brochure provides examples of Helsinki’s efforts to successfully develop an urban, environmentally smart and climate-smart capital. The brochure is available online and in Laituri information and exhibition space (Narinkka 2, Helsinki).

Ilmastoviisas Helsinki – kohti kestävämpää kaupunkisuunnittelua -esite on julkaistu suomeksi, ruotsiksi ja englanniksi. Kuva: Laituri, Pia Läspä.

Photo: Laituri, Pia Läspä.

Climate-smart Helsinki –Towards more sustainable city planning

Helsinki lights the path of intelligent energy solutions

Cities contribute up to 70 per cent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Energy renovations, urban mobility and ICT solutions are linked together in smart city developments to provide better living environments and reduce emissions. City of Helsinki takes major steps together with the residents and local business towards the target to be carbon neutral.

Smart City Lighthouse project mySMARTLife is part of the EU Horizon 2020 program, which tests new solutions to mitigate climate change in cities. Project experiments achieve energy savings of 10 to 20 percent and accelerate access to the best solutions. Solutions tested in Helsinki can be utilized in other cities in Finland and around the world.

An autonomous bus in action (Photo: Jussi Salonen / Metropolia)

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iWater granted with EUSBSR Flagship status

iWater – Integrated Storm Water Management project (2015 – 2018) has been granted for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region´s HA Climate Flagship Status. The flagship status is a recognition for the iWater´s work for transnational cooperation within urban planning and integrated storm water management.

iWater project aims to improve the urban planning in the cities of the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) via developing integrated storm water management system. It brings together seven cities in the Central Baltic, the Aalto University from Helsinki and the leading network of the BSR cities – Union of the Baltic Cities (Sustainable Cities Commission).


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