Helsinki Metropolitan Area Climate Strategy

Carbon neutral metropolitan area 2050

The importance of cities in the mitigation of climate change is huge. Within the EU, 75 % of people live in the urban areas and a significant part of emissions is generated in the cities. The climate work in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area has been carried out for over 20 years. The climate work is active and covers extensively the branches of business and administration of the cities.

The Helsinki metropolitan area has set several objectives aiming at mitigating climate change.

  • The reviewed target of the Climate Strategy for the Helsinki Metropolitan Area to 2030 is carbon neutrality by 2050 and the intermediate goal is set on emission reduction of 20 % by 2020.
  • The original target of the climate strategy from 2007 is an emission reduction of 39 % per capita by 2030.
  • The strategy programmes of the cities have additionally their own targets; for example Helsinki will reduce its green house gas emissions by 30 % until 2020.
  • The reference year for the emission reduction targets is 1990.

The joint strategy forms the basis for the climate work

Climate strategy for the Helsinki Metropolitan Area to 2030 was completed in 2007. It was prepared in partnership with the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. The strategy includes almost 120 measures reducing emissions and energy consumption. In the strategy work, the focus was set on those measures that are under the cities’ own jurisdiction or steering operations.

Along with the strategy, mitigation of climate change has become a focal part of cities’ planning and decision-making. With help of the joint strategy, the cities can create preconditions for the citizens to make energy-efficient and low-emission choices.

The Helsinki Metropolitan Area Climate Strategy to the year 2030 - summary ​»