Helsinki’s climate objectives and monitoring
The City of Helsinki is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions significantly. This can be achieved through sensible energy consumption in buildings, low-emission public transport and an increase in the renewable energy production by the energy company Helen, owned by the city.
However, the city can only have an effect on a limited portion of the emissions produced in Helsinki. The majority of the emissions comes from housing, transport and private consumption. This is why climate change mitigation requires participation from all of the city’s residents.
Helsinki’s climate objectives
- First objective: Greenhouse gas emissions will have decreased by at least 30 per cent by 2020. The calculated, consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions will be used as the indicator and the results will be compared to those of 1990.
- Second objective: Helsinki will become a carbon-neutral city by 2035. The amount of greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 60 per cent between 1990 and 2030.
- Third objective: Energy efficiency will have improved by at least 20 per cent by 2020. Energy consumption per resident will be used as the indicator and the results will be compared to those of 2005.
- Fourth objective: Renewable energy will account for at least 20 per cent of all the electricity, district heating and district cooling procured by Helen by 2020.
- Carbon-neutral Helsinki action plan (PDF). The programme’s progress can be followed at the Helsingin ilmastovahti service (in Finnish only)
- Helsinki’s Climate Roadmap (2015)
The strategies steering the climate work
All decisions regarding Helsinki’s climate goals are made by its City Council. In accordance with the currently valid City Strategy, Helsinki is taking the climate change mitigation very seriously and has set itself ambitious goals. Adaptation to climate change will be made part of all the city’s operations.
- Helsinki City Strategy for 2017–2021
- The City of Helsinki’s environmental policy
- Helsinki’s energy policies
- Helsinki Metropolitan Area Climate Strategy (PDF)
- Municipal energy efficiency agreement (KETS)
- Covenant of Mayors