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SYCLA –  Systemic change towards sustainable commuting in Lahti

Lahti strives for net-zero emissions as the first major city in Finland. Pilot activities of project Sycla are aiming to reduce GHG emissions from the transportation sector or increase carbon neutral mobility.

The purpose of this project is to investigate and innovate approaches to rapidly decarbonise commuting over a two-year programme in a co-creation process with local case organizations and their employees and relevant stakeholders. This pilot city project also supports the NatureStep to Health -programme 2022-2032 (Lahti Regional Health and Environment Programme), which aims to increase awareness and change behaviours for the complex issues of climate change, biodiversity and health.

The project has received funding through NetZeroCities from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101036519. The project is part of the “100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030” EU mission.

Sycla project supports the city of Lahti’s climate goal and the development of sustainable mobility plan (SUMP).


  • Current state analyzed and barriers and supporting actions identified for sustainable commuting.
  • Co-creation processes with city and local companies for supporting sustainable commuting in urban planning.
  • Proposals on how cities and companies can nudge sustainable commuting.
  • Policy brief on health benefits of sustainable commuting and promotion of the health and wellbeing aspects.

Case organisations

  • Kempower
  • Laune Prisma shopping mall
  • Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone
  • Patina recycling centre
  • University Campus
  • Wellbeing services centers county of Päijät-Häme

By participating in this pilot project, organisations get up-to-date information about the commuting methods of the personnel, and what kind of benefits or changes in the practices or conditions of the workplace motivate the personnel to choose modes of transportation that are environments friendly. The health and well being impacts of the interventions in case organisations will be assessed based on literature, observations and feedback collected from the case organisations.

Project consortium

  • City of Lahti
  • LUT University
  • LAB University of Applied Sciences
  • Wellbeing services county of Päijät-Häme
  • The Pilot project also includes the Twin City program, where Lahti is followed by Reykjavik and Jerusalem.

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