Nature reserves covered 2.2 percent of the Helsinki land area and 0.95 percent of the water area at the end of 2019. Three new nature reserves were established: (1) an expansion of Maununneva, (2) Korkeasaarenluoto, and (3) the Kallahti shallows, which are Helsinki’s only underwater nature reserve. The information is reported in the City of Helsinki environmental report 2019, which was discussed by the Helsinki City Board at their meeting of 1 June 2020.
City of Helsinki environmental report (in Finnish) details the achievement of the City’s environmental goals, the environmental impacts of City activities, and the implementation of the City environmental policy.
In addition, the environmental report illustrates progress with the Carbon-neutral Helsinki 2035 action plan and the climate-change adjustment policies 2019–2025. The implementation and monitoring of the Carbon-neutral Helsinki 2035 action plan got fully underway in 2019. A new online tracking tool to monitor the progress of climate action was launched at https://ilmastovahti.hel.fi/ at the end of 2019. The tool allows everyone to monitor how well the City of Helsinki progresses in climate action and with the achievement of the City climate goals.
The total greenhouse gas emissions of Helsinki were 26 percent lower last year than in the benchmark year 1990. However, emissions were up by 2 percent from the previous year. The City’s emissions goal for 2020 is a 30-percent reduction in total emissions from the benchmark level.
The environmental report states that it is likely to be challenging to achieve the goal, but the restrictive measures introduced in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic resulted in a marked reduction in motor vehicle traffic and in power consumption in Helsinki, which will have positive effects on emissions. In addition, emissions related to energy production have declined notably in Finland.
The City Council will consider the environmental report at the Council meeting of 10 June 2020.
A project plan for Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Languages in Myllypuro proceeds to the City Council
A project is underway to construct a new building for Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Languages in Myllypuro. The building, to be realized according to the life cycle model, will replace the current building of Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Languages located in Itäkeskus, which is in poor condition and far too small for the growing student body.
The new building to be located at Kiviparintie 1 in Myllypuro will add 300 new places to the school’s capacity. The current facilities of Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Languages accommodate 615 students.
The new building of Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Languages will be the third project in Helsinki implemented according to the life cycle model. The building will be owned by the City of Helsinki, but the contractor, who will be the service provider, will be responsible for the design, construction and building maintenance over 20 years. The contract term will be divided into two phases, which are the investment phase and the service provision phase. The City will finance the construction and will pay a service fee to the service provider based on the usability of the facilities and the standards of the service.
Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Languages specializes in language studies, and 70 percent of the students are from outside of the local area. The school’s new location in the centre of Myllypuro, in the vicinity of the Myllypuro Metro station and well served by other public transport connections, will enable cooperation between the school and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki Vocational College and Adult Institute, and other area organizations.
Construction is projected to commence in the spring of 2021. The new building is scheduled for completion in May 2023, and the building should open doors to students in August 2023. The cost limit for the construction is 34 million euros excluding value added tax.
The final decision on the project plan of Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Languages will be made by the City Council.
111,760 euros for shares in Helsinki Business Hub
The City Board approved an acquisition of the shares in Helsinki Business Hub Ltd Oy owned by the other current shareholders than the City of Helsinki. Helsinki allocates 111,760 euros to the acquisition of 110 shares and to pay the related transfer tax. The shareholding will be transferred to the City of Helsinki at the end of 2020.
Helsinki Business Hub Ltd Oy (HBH) is an international trade and investment promotion agency owned by the City of Helsinki (45% of shares), the City of Espoo (23.5%), the City of Vantaa (19%), the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council (10%) and the City of Kauniainen (2.5%).
In May 2020, the cities of the Helsinki metropolitan area and the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council negotiated a reorganization of the ownership and operations of HBH and the transfer of the entire shareholding to the City of Helsinki. The new arrangement will enable every city of the Helsinki metropolitan area to focus on their own strengths in their investment promotion activities and to make arrangements that allow the cities to better utilize their internal synergies.
It is agreed as a part of the deal that Helsinki launches an investigation of how to organize the agency’s operations inside the City of Helsinki in a manner that best supports the Helsinki City Strategy.
The City Board also approved a proposal, on their part, to authorize the Social Services and Health Care Committee to implement an experiment on contracted health station services on a temporary basis. A proposal to turn down the experiment made by Tomi Sevander was voted down 10–5. The final decision on the matter will be made by the City Council.
The 2019 final accounts of the City of Helsinki also proceeded from the City Board to be considered by the City Council.
All decisions of the City Board meeting of 1 June are posted on the decisions release page. The decisions release is posted on the page until the meeting minutes are released. All agendas and minutes of City Board meetings are available here. All pages are in Finnish.