Mayor of Lahti, Jyrki Myllyvirta, signed the EU Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy agreement for 2030 on 1 March. The Lahti City Board discussed the matter in a meeting held in December and authorised the Mayor to sign the agreement.
The aim is to achieve the emission reduction especially by improving energy efficiency and by increasing the use of renewable energy sources. With the agreement, Lahti also commits to increasing its resilience by adapting to the impacts of climate change, and to sharing results and experiences related to climate work with different actors in Finland, the EU and globally.
The agreement requires the city to prepare an action plan related to sustainable energy and climate change, map risks and vulnerabilities related to climate change and regularly monitor its progress in emission reduction. The agreement highlights matters, such as increasing citizens' possibilities for participation and the implementation of smart solutions.
The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy agreement is a continuation of the Covenant of Mayors general meeting commitment for 2020, which was signed in 2012. Committing to the agreement has supported Lahti's climate targets and helped energy conservation. The new agreement involves the aspect of adapting to and preparing for climate change. Concrete measures related to the agreement have also brought Lahti international fame.