As Finland’s foremost green city, Lahti leads the way in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. On 3 June 2019, the City Board approved the strategic goal to become a carbon-neutral city by 2025.
The city corporation’s concrete measures, most recently the abandonment of coal in April 2019, are reducing the region’s climate emissions faster than anticipated. According to calculations, Lahti can achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. Among Finland's large cities, Lahti has the most ambitious goal, which is in line with the city’s status as a forerunner in climate work and as a finalist in the European Green Capital 2021 competition.
Lahti’s goal is to reduce the total production-based emissions in the region by 80% from 1990 levels by 2025. The City of Lahti's measures for climate change adaptation and mitigation support the entire region’s climate goals and create an interesting development environment for university activities and local businesses.
Finland increases its climate goals – Lahti leads the way
Lahti will implement the objectives of the Finnish Government Programme, published on Monday 3.6., 10 years ahead of schedule and the goals of the EU 25 years ahead of schedule. The new Government wants Finland to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035. The Government aims to reach this goal by reforming taxation, among other means. The EU’s goal is to become fully carbon neutral by 2050.
In the future, Lahti will integrate the roadmap for circular economy and the plans for climate measures into a single programme supporting a holistic approach to merging resource wisdom, circular economy and climate and energy objectives and measures.
Meanwhile, the City Board approved Lahti’s climate change adaptation programme (SECAP) until 2030 and decided that Lahti will apply to join the network of Finnish carbon neutral municipalities (HINKU).
Chair of the City Board Sirkku Hildén, +358 (0)50 327 2691
Mayor Pekka Timonen, tel. +358 (0)50 337 4386
With a population of 120,000, Lahti is a growing, vibrant city where environmental choices are made every day. Lahti combines the best of both worlds: a magnificent lake scenery, diverse nature and originality of a small town, yet the public transport, energy solutions and cleantech business opportunities of a major city.
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