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Lahti – European Green Capital 2021

Renewable energy, waste-management and circular economy number among Lahti’s environmental strengths. The impressive strategic environmental targets prove that the whole city is committed to promoting sustainable urban development.
Woman watering plants.



With a population of 120,000, Lahti is a growing, vibrant city where environmental choices are made every day. Lahti combines the best of both worlds: a magnificent lake scenery, diverse nature and originality of a small town, yet the public transport, energy solutions and cleantech business opportunities of a major city.

The City of Lahti has a vision to thrive internationally as a bold environmental city for people and businesses! The strategic environmental targets of Lahti are:

  • To be a carbon-neutral city by 2025
  • To cut CO2 emissions by 80% from 1990 level by 2025
  • To be a waste-free and complete circular economy city by 2050
  • To protect nature and valuable freshwater and groundwater resources
  • To increase all sustainable urban mobility modes: walking, cycling, public transportation

In 2016, Lahti also joined the Finnish Sustainable Communities Network (FISU) and committed to working towards becoming carbon-free and waste-free, and curbing over-consumption by 2050.

Green Lahti video series

Green City Lahti video series present the internationally recognized green city and what it offers to its residents.