HINKU Forum Towards carbon neutral municipalities HINKU-foorumin yläpalkin kuva

Emission trend

During the project since 2007 the Hinku municipalities have reduced their GHG emission on average 29 %. Most of the cut is due to positive changes in energy sector, i.e. in emissions caused by electricity use and fossil fuel consumption. A steady wave from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources has taken place in many Hinku municipalities. In some Hinku municipalities agriculture and waste management have also affected positively on emission cuts.

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Examples of emission reduction measures from municipality Ii

Hinku project could provide 32 good examples (municipalities) of the Hinku work done at local and regional level to tackle climate change. Municipality of Ii was chosen as one example from our Hinku municipalities:

  • Municipality of Ii is a great example how the commitment to the Hinku program has accelerated significant CO2 emissions cuts - just within a few years. Located in Northern Finland with ten thousand residents, Ii has become one of the forerunners of low-carbon societies.
  • During the years 2010 - 2014, Ii has saved total of 4 818 MWh of energy which is equivalent to 241 electric-heated single family houses’ energy consumption (~10% of all single family houses).  Also Ii has reduced its oil use by 310 000 litres (-85% ). The amount saved in euros is equivalent with 0,25 percent share of Ii’s community tax (240 000€).
  • Ii region currently produces (2014):
    • 400 GWh hydro power
    • 130 GWh wind power
    • 40  GWh wood based heat (district heating)
  • Total annual power consumption in Ii region is around 80 GWh

Here is how Ii did it:

  • Green growth is an essential part of municipal’s strategy as well as respectful attitude towards the values of nature / climate change.
  • Municipality prepares energy efficiency action plan yearly that is linked with the next year’s budget. (Hinku Roadmaps 2020/2030)
  • Ii has put extraordinary effort  to cut the use of fossil fuels in housing and transportation:
    • The municipality has analyzed the energy consumptions in all municipal owned buildings and replaced its oil heating systems with local and renewable sources such as biomass (wood chips) and geothermal heating. 
    • 6 zero emission electric vehicles have been acquired for the use of municipal’s employees. Municipality has partnered to build public charging stations in the region. Vehicles are charged with wind power (10 000 kWh / a).
  • Use of online database for Hinku actions (“Hinku mappi”) to share ideas and to promote best practices used by the municipalities.
  • Municipality act as role model to change the behavior of the inhabitants: 
    • Residents are encouraged to reduce their emissions. Ii has organized Energy Days in public schools where teachers and students were introduced energy saving methods by energy experts. Tips were given on recycling, optimizing energy and water usage and lighting. Also three schools are participating EU 50/50Max Energy Saving –project where municipality donates back 50% of the achieved savings on energy bills to schools to use in recreation activities.
    • Ii has accelerated adaptation of renewable energy solutions in the community by organizing joint procurement/tendering program to acquire solar energy and thermal panels. About 80 local residents, companies and leisure apartment owners have been participating the program. Benefits are lower prices / economies of scale and sharing expertise on sustainable energy solution.
  • Ii’s local village association is pursuing to become the first low-carbon village in Finland.
  • See detailed specification of emission cuts in municipality of Ii (xlsx)


Published 2017-04-13 at 9:34, updated 2017-04-13 at 11:20
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