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9/21/2018 4:00 PM

Lahti's green house gas emissions have fallen

Lahti's greenhouse gas emissions have fallen more than 40% from 1990 levels. The calculation doesn't include emissions from the individual consumption of residents.

In 2017, Lahti's emissions were over 690,000 tonnes CO2 equivalent. Of this transport was 185 thousand tonnes of CO2-e. If calculated per capita, the emission was 5.77 tonnes CO2-e.

Compared to 1990, emissions have fallen by 41.33 %. If the reduction is calculated per capita, it will be already 46.9 %.

The largest reduction occurred in district heating combined heat and power plants. This is due to the investments made by Lahti Energia and the transition to lower-emission fuels. A major reduction is also in industrial energy where the industry has changed it's own oil-based energy production for example to district heating. Also significant emission reductions have happened in transport and in wastes. Transport emissions are almost entirely from road transport.

Lahti will have significant new emission reductions when the new power plant is completed next year, allowing Lahti to completely abandon coal. At national level, transport emissions will be tackled for example by increasing the bio-fuel share.

Production-based calculations have been made with the Kasvener2007 model, from the Finnish Environment Institute. However, these calculations are only computational in the way that they don't include emissions from private consumption. According to Sitra's estimate, 68 per cent of Finland's total greenhouse gas emissions can be allocated to ordinary people. That is why actions from all people will be needed if we want to prevent the most frightening climate change impacts.

For more information
Sustainability Coordinator Eira Rosberg; +358 44 4163499