Promoting sustainable urban mobility in Lahti
CitiCAP project (Citizens’ cap-and-trade co-created) received funding from the EU UIA 2nd Call, Urban Mobility theme (2018-2020). The project concentrates on enabling and promoting sustainable urban mobility in Lahti.
Among other measures, such as open mobility data platform and sustainable urban mobility plan (SUMP), the project developed a model for personal carbon trading on mobility and an application that enabled real-time tracking and visualization of one’s mobility carbon footprint. The carbon trading pilot
Furthermore, a 2,5 kilometre long quality cycling route was planned and built within the project. Smart solutions, such as energy saving lighting, info screens and in the dark visible traffic signs were also implemented on the cycling lane to bring added value for the users.
Lahti invites fellow cities to join in
One of the City of Lahti’s climate goals is to become carbon neutral by 2025, and Lahti is now encouraging other cities to join in efforts to combat the hard-to-tackle mobility emissions.
The carbon trading model and application aroused huge interest in cities of different sizes both in Finland and abroad. The methodology and learnings of the development process has been shared with many other cities and research entities. Cities should get involved if they want to solve challenging traffic problems such as co2-emissions, air quality issues and congestion and of course in order to become one the pioneers on the field.
“We developed the first version an instrument for the cities to engage their citizens to take action on climate change mitigation through their own everyday choices. Hopefully this will encourage other cities to pick up the idea and develop it further to meet the needs of their city”, says CitiCAP-project manager Anna Huttunen.