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The Carbon Neutral Municipalities project

The Carbon Neutral Municipalities project brings municipalities, businesses, citizens and experts together to create and carry out solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The municipalities involved are committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions more extensively and rapidly than EU targets and schedules would require. The project aims to create solutions that have economic and social benefits as well as environmental advantages.

Businesses, residents, municipalities and experts in cooperation

The municipal authorities, business representatives, local residents, research institutes and experts work together to devise and tailor new cost-effective solutions to reduce emissions, especially in the contexts of transportation, housing and food. Information about the consequent new tools and ideas are publicised in Finland and internationally.

Emission reduction target: -80 % CO2

As the project was launched in 2008, five municipalities were committed to an 80 % reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the level of 2007 by 2030. Since then, tens new municipalities have made the same commitment. The project is coordinated by the Finnish Environment Institute. A large group of companies and experts are involved as partners.

All municipalities in mainland Finland invited to participate in the joint procurement of solar power

Press release 2016-03-02
The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has launched a joint procurement of solar power systems, inviting all municipalities and municipal enterprises in Finland to increase their use of solar power. The solar power stations are to be leased, as a result of which municipalities do not need to invest in the plants themselves or accure any additional operating costs. The leasing-based joint procurement process was developed as part of the Carbon Neutral Municipalities (Hinku) project coordinated by SYKE. More

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