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Environmental footprint method to support the assessment of climate impacts of public procurements

The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) method developed by European Commission is used to assess the environmental impact of products throughout their life cycles. A new study by the Finnish Enviro...

Housing companies join forces for energy renovations

The Myllypuro district in Helsinki is home to an experiment to determine whether energy renovations and extension projects can be sped up by closer cooperation between housing companies.

Lappeenranta focuses on green action – households reduced their carbon footprint during a trial of sustainable everyday life

The City of Lappeenranta has launched Greenreality home activities, which encourage households to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle. The activities are based on smart resource use and carbon n...

City residents test mobility emissions trading in Lahti

As the first city in the world, Lahti began offering its residents the chance to test a personal mobility emissions trading scheme in autumn 2019. Emissions trading took place through a mobile applica...

New decade starts with five new Hinku municipalities

The Hinku network now includes over 70 Hinku municipalities and four Hinku regions, all of which are committed to reducing their emissions by 80 per cent from the 2007 levels by 2030. Five new municip...

A new emissions calculation system for Finnish municipalities – clarifying the overall picture

A calculation system for greenhouse gas emissions covering all Finnish municipalities was finally released in early February, as were the data on municipal emissions for 2005–2017 generated by the sys...

New emissions calculation system for all Finnish municipalities – an average emissions reduction of 15 per cent since 2005

Climate emissions have decreased in nearly all Finnish municipalities since 2005. The average decrease is 15 per cent. The reduction in municipal emissions has been driven by the decline in electricit...

Climate actions took off in 2019

Aiming towards carbon neutral municipalities and regions in the Canemure project took of in the year 2019. Seven regions, 14 sub-projects and national expert platform will implement climate action ye...

The Hiiden Opisto institute is the emission reducer of the month

The Hiiden Opisto institute was granted the Hinku act award this October. The institute chose Hinku activities as one of the themes for the 2019–2020 academic year. The institute promotes awareness of...

Folding bicycle makes commuting easier

The Canemure subproject of the Tampere City Region pilots sustainable travel chains. The first pilot to be launched was the trial of folding and electric bikes in Orivesi in September.

Helsinki to decrease climate emissions through acquisitions

The City of Helsinki was the first city in Finland and a global pioneer to examine the carbon footprint of its acquisitions. Construction and the related energy costs cover the largest part of the env...

Building a sustainable city

The Finnish Meteorological Institute and the Finnish Environment Institute aim to develop instructions for sustainable regional and urban planning, taking into consideration the mitigation of climate ...

South Karelia and Pirkanmaa are the first Hinku regions

The Towards Carbon Neutral Municipalities (Hinku) network coordinated by The Finnish Environment Institute is strengthening. South Karelia and Pirkanmaa are the first regions to achieve the position o...

The network of Hinku municipalities growing at record pace

A record-breaking number of new municipalities have joined the Hinku network this year. At the moment, there are 55 Hinku municipalities in Finland, with a total of over 1.3 million residents, which i...

The Church takes an ambitious step in climate work

At the start of the year, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland published a progressive climate strategy. Climate work will be done in parishes through the energy renovations of churches and the ...

A small climate work miracle

What makes the residents of the tiny municipality of Ii reduce the energy consumption of their homes, switch the village hall over to geothermal heat and inspire the schoolchildren in the municipality...

Climate emissions under the microscope – more accurate emission calculation for Finnish municipalities

The goal of the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is to calculate the amount of climate emissions of all Finnish municipalities as well as their development during the past 15 years. Emission calcu...

Tampere joins the Carbon Neutral Municipalities network – the entire city region aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030

Tampere City Region is strengthening its commitment to strict carbon neutrality targets. As the central city of the region, Tampere joined the Carbon Neutral Municipalities (HINKU) network by decision...

The updated Climate diet calculator helps in reducing the carbon footprint

The renewed Climate diet calculator (Ilmastodieetti.fi) by the Finnish Environment Institute is even clearer than before in guiding people towards tangible actions to reduce the carbon footprint. The ...


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