Towards a carbon-neutral city
Lappeenranta joined the HINKU network of Finnish carbon neutral municipalities, in 2014. Municipalities participating in HINKU are committed to the goal of reducing their emissions by 80% from the 2007 level, by 2030.
The municipalities strive to reduce their climate changing emissions by increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency. The municipalities also encourage local businesses and residents to take action to aid and protect the climate.
Upon joining the HINKU network, Lappeenranta became its largest participating city in Finland. Through the HINKU network, the city gains information on good practices for mitigating climate change. With the help of the HINKU working group, a roadmap of measures has been created for Lappeenranta, which will aid in achieving the goal of becoming a carbon neutral municipality.
Municipal sector GHG emissions/Lappeenranta’s targets:
The path towards carbon-neutrality:
- Closer cooperation with LUT and enterprises
- Improved competitiveness
- Better business opportunities
- Promoting vitality
- Increasing the use of renewable energy
- Promoting cleantech/the bioeconomy
The actions put into practice correspond to the targets set in the city’s climate programme.
The HINKU criteria
Cities wanting to become members of the HINKU network must take extensive measures to meet the HINKU criteria. The HINKU criteria refers to the climate change mitigation measures and policies through which the municipality commits to reduce the GHG emissions generated by its operations, and to influence other actors in the region (the residents, businesses, agricultural and forest industry entrepreneurs and holiday home owners) in such a way that GHG emissions are reduced in the region, with the goal of becoming carbon-neutral.