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Climate protection

Helsinki strives to become carbon neutral 2035

Climate change causes major changes in the nature, the built environment and the economy of Helsinki. Climate change should be mitigated by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and it is necessary to adjust to changes in the climate. 

Helsinki belongs to the international Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) network, whose all member cities are working to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80–100% by 2050 or sooner. The cities within the network take the prevention of climate change seriously and can with their innovations and examples influence the future of humanity in a way that exceeds their own share.

Helsinki strives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by year 2020 and by 60 percent by year 2030. The City of Helsinki’s climate work is detailed on the pages on the Helsinki Climate Site.

The goals are defined in the Helsinki City Strategy 2017–2021.

The Future of Energy 

Global climate challenge calls for multifaceted solutions and input from everybody. At Helen, we strive for a climate-neutral energy future.  

In the future, a significant amount of energy will be produced from solar and wind sources; yet an ever-increasing amount will be generated from recyclable energy sources and with new future technologies. For now, we still need heat generated by combustion during wintertime. Energy will continue to be generated in the city, close to the customers. 

In the long run, Helen strives for fully climate-neutral energy production. By 2025, Helen aims to: 

  • reduce emissions by 40% compared to 1990
  • increase the proportion of renewable energy to 25%
  • halve the use of coal.

City plan

The Helsinki city plan affects future forms of housing, traffic and transport.

Helsinki adjusts to climate change

Despite measures to mitigate climate change, the climate will be warming, and communities must be prepared for the unavoidable impacts of climate change on society, the health and the environment.

Cities play a major role in the adjustment to climate change, as a large part of the means to adjust to climate change are within control by cities. You can find more information on the City of Helsinki’s measures to adjust to climate change in a publication on the theme, “Ways to adjust to climate change in the city of Helsinki”.

According to Helsinki City Council strategies, the City of Helsinki adjusts to climate change, and the adjustment is integrated into the activities of all City administrative bodies in order to minimize risks. The impact of climate change and ways to prepare for it are communicated to both residents and businesses.

Preparing for floods and extreme weather

The City strives to improve its flood, storm-water and snow management as well as its preparedness for extreme weather. The action plan of the City of Helsinki storm water strategy aims to prevent and remove damage from flooding caused by storm water.

The City of Helsinki flooding strategy presents means to reduce and prevent damage caused by flooding. The City of Helsinki flooding instructions for residents give advice on how to prepare for flooding.

Climate-proof city

The ILKKA project “climate-proof city – tools for planning” creates tools for city planners that they can use in their work to provide for climate change. By paying attention to changes in the climate already when cities are planned, cities can reduce the future costs of the impacts of climate change.

01.07.2019 13:48