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Climate protection

The City of Helsinki is committed to ambitious climate goals and wants to be a forerunner in climate change mitigation. In order for Helsinki to remain safe and climate-proof in changing circumstances, the City also needs to adapt to climate change. 

According to the principle of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, developed countries have a special obligation to lead in actions to mitigate climate change. As the capital city of Finland, Helsinki’s goal is to lead the way in promoting modern climate responsibility. This is demonstrated by taking direct action and reducing emissions from the City’s own operations significantly, while at the same time making sure that residents and communities in Helsinki are involved in climate work. Read more about the City’s climate efforts on the Helsinki’s climate actions website.

Carbon-neutral Helsinki 2035

The goal of climate change mitigation is to prevent dangerous global warming, which current knowledge indicates to be a maximum increase of 1.5–2 °C in the global mean temperature. In Helsinki, this would mean a temperature increase of approximately 2–3°C by the end of the century.

The City of Helsinki has set itself the goal of being carbon-neutral by 2035. This would mean that activities within Helsinki would no longer contribute to global warming. Carbon-neutrality means that the greenhouse gas emissions produced in the Helsinki area are equal to or lower than the emissions sequestered in the Helsinki area.

A summary of the City’s environmental matters is provided annually in the Environmental Report. You can check the progress of the Carbon-neutral Helsinki 2035 action plan on Helsinki Climate Watch (Helsinki Climate Watch (Ilmastovahti) only in Finnish).

Helsinki is adapting to climate change

The climate is warming despite measures to combat climate change, and Helsinki is also preparing for the impact climate change has on social matters, society at large, public health and the environment, which can no longer be avoided. The most significant risks caused by weather and climate change in Helsinki include floods, the changing winter-time climate and the increase of slippery road conditions, health risks posed by heat and threats to natural diversity. Read more about the risks posed by changes to the weather and climate (2018) (PDF) (In Finnish).

Helsinki is preparing for climate change by managing rainwater run-off in a natural way, employing nature-based solutions and developing tools to be used by planners, amongst other measures. Helsinki has compiled the visions and methods of climate change adaptation in Helsinki’s climate change adaptation policies 2019–2025 (PDF) (In Finnish). Read more about climate change adaptation measures on the website.

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