iso_kuva_ilmastotavoitteetThe main goal of Helsinki’s climate policy is to reduce emissions by 30 percent, from the 1990 level, by 2020. In the long run, by 2050, Helsinki aims to be a carbon neutral city.

The City Council and City Board of Helsinki have set the following goals:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by at least 30 percent by 2020. The calculated, consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions will be used as the indicator and results are compared to the year 1990.
  • Energy efficiency has improved by at least 20 percent by 2020. The citizen-specific energy consumption will be used as the indicator and results are compared to the year 2005.
  • The share of renewable energy of the procurement of electricity, district heating and district cooling by Helsingin Energia is at least 20 percent by 2020.

The climate work of Helsinki is managed by the strategy programme of the City of Helsinki, its environmental policies, its guidelines concerning energy policies and the Climate Strategy of the Capital City Area. In addition, Helsinki has committed itself to various agreements and declarations, such as the city’s energy-efficiency agreement (KETS) with the state authorities, and the Covenant of Mayors, a climate agreement between the mayors. See this diagram on the city’s climate work to find out how climate matters proceed in Helsinki.

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