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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 societies must be prepared for the unavoidable social, economic, health and environmental impacts of climate change.

Cities have a major role to play in adapting to climate change, as much of the adaptation actions are within their remit.

The City Board approved Helsinki's strategic Adaptation Guidelines for 2019-2025 in May 2019. By implementing the Guidelines, Helsinki can adapt to the changing climate. Through its actions, the city aims to reduce the adverse effects of climate change and extreme weather events on the functioning of society, the economy, nature and the everyday lives of people. The city also seeks to reap the potential benefits of a changing climate.

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 events. The City of Helsinki Storm Water Management Programme aims to prevent and remove damage from flooding caused by storm water.

The City of Helsinki Flood Strategy presents means to reduce and prevent damage caused by sea and river floods. The Flood Guide gives guidance to residents on how to prepare for sea and river floods:   how to protect their property, how to prepare for floods in advance and what are the responsibilities of the resident, the estate owner and the leaseholder in a case of a flood.

Climate-proof city

The Climate Proof City Toolkit provides a planner’s workbook for climate-proof city and a collection of tools, best practices and reports about the impacts of climate change and how to implement the adaptation activities.

This workbook and tools are designed for urban planners and city officials who have to deal with the consequences of climate change in their work. It also provides information for example land owners, residents and companies operating in fields of construction and green building.




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27.09.2019 15:00