Helsinki’s Climate Objectives

Helsinki takes its own responsibility for the prevention of climate change seriously and ambitiously, aiming at becoming carbon neutral by 2035. Carbon neutrality to Helsinki means that the city cuts its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 % (1990-2035) and offsets the rest with the help of carbon sinks in Helsinki and elsewhere in the world. As an interim goal to be reached by 2030, Helsinki should cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60 % from the 1990 level.

The City Council and City Board of Helsinki have also set the following goals for 2020:

  • 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.

Helsinki’s Climate Roadmap presents how Helsinki will become a carbon neutral and climate resilient city. The Climate Roadmap will be updated according to the new goals in spring 2018.

More information:
Helsinki’s climate objectives
City Strategy

Updated: 03.01.2018
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