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The City of Lahti's environmental programme

The City of Lahti's environmental programme expresses the city’s strategic intent concerning issues related to the residents’ living environment, nature in the city, as well as the city’s climate responsibilities and resource wisdom.

Lahti's environmental programme makes the vision of the city's strategy and the goal of a bold green city concrete. The City Board approved the environmental programme in June 2018.

The environmental programme includes the roadmap required by the network of Finnish Sustainable Communities (FISU); the city has committed itself to drawing up the roadmap as part of the national cooperation on resource wisdom between model municipalities. The long-term goals of the programme until 2050 are also linked to the same commitment.

Lahti's environmental goals for 2050

  • no greenhouse gas emissions
  • a waste-free city, meaning that all waste is used as raw material
  • a sustainable level of consumption
  • a healthy, comfortable and diverse environment
  • a Lahti that is full of vitality

Lahti’s environmental programme also outlines goals for the next few years: for example, one goal is to produce 70% of energy by using renewable sources as early as 2021 and to increase the use of all kinds of waste as raw materials. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Lahti region by 70% by 2030 compared to the level in 1990.

Circular economy and resource wisdom as starting points for preparation of the programme

One of the starting points for drawing up the programme was the competition for natural resources that is stepping up globally.

For the sections concerning the quality of the living environment, energy and the consumption and production of materials in particular, the programme aims to do its part to safeguard the vitality and competitiveness of the region in a changing international operating environment.

The environmental programme as a part of the Lahti’s Direction strategic process

The environmental programme is a framework programme, with the visionary long-term goals mentioned above at its core. The programme has been prepared and is being implemented as part of Lahti’s Direction process, which also includes the city plan and the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).

A more detailed section on the objectives and measures leading up to 2030 has been drawn up and will be continuously defined more closely with the parties responsible for their implementation. The realisation of the programme is monitored regularly and the section on objectives will be updated every other year as a minimum.

The programme’s monitoring indicators will be developed in international cooperation with parties such as the pioneering municipalities of circular economy.  

​Key Focus Areas of Lahti Environmental Programme 2018-2030202120302050
​Comfortable, Safe and Diverse Environment​Noise preventiprogramme is implemented (80on %)​At least 10% of the municipal area is protected​Blue-green infrastructure of the city is an international attraction
​Energy Production and Use​At least 70% of energy is produced using renewable sources​Total emissions 30% from 1990 level​Carbon neutral energy production
​Mobility and City Structure​50% of 5 km or shorter travel is done by bicycle or walking​Public transportation only uses electricity and/or biogas​Carbon free mobility with a dense, yet high-quality, environment
​Consumption and Circularity​Public procurements function as inspirational examplesRecycling rate of municipality waste is at least 90%​Zero waste: No waste to landfills or incineration
​Food​City co-owned field is only rented for organic farming​The majority of lunch food served by the city is vegetarian​No emissions from consumption, global social responsibility is the basis
​Water​Good ecological status of all areas in Lake Vesijärvi​All water ecosystems have a good ecological status, at a minimum​No chemically spoiled groundwater anywhere in the Lahti area