City's per capita greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by 37 % from the 1990 level. Lahti has reduced CO2 emissions especially in centralized energy production by decreasing the use of fossil fuels in the combined production of district heating and electricity.
Lahti has a great chance of making a difference in the energy sector, which is why the city joined Covenant of Mayors agreement in 2011 and outlined The Lahti Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) including 42 procedures. Measures are being taken in heating and electricity production as well as energy-saving, in traffic and traffic planning and increasing environmental awareness of citizens.
Prioritizing renewable energy for a
To enhance urban sustainability, Lahti
aimed to improve energy efficiency by 15 % by 2016 compared to 2005 levels. This aim was
achieved in the end of 2016. In 2015, more
than 40 % of the district heating was generated from renewable sources. With
Lahti Energia’s new biofuel power plant Kymijärvi 3 this will rise to 80 %. The
new power plant is slated to begin operation in 2020, reducing city's
greenhouse gas emissions considerably.