must we set climate goals? Flood and hunger disasters as well as human displacement and city floods are risks that we must prepare for. Even though some scenarios such as a rise in the sea level do not pose a threat to Lahti, the warmer and rainier climate creates enough challenges for the people and nature of Lahti.
Lahti has the greatest chance of making a difference in the energy sector, which is why measures are being taken in heating and electricity production as well as energy-saving, in traffic and traffic planning and increasing environmental awareness.
Lahti has been part of European Covenant of Mayors for sustainable energy since 2012 and signed 2018 new term of EU Covenant of Mayors Energy and Climate towards year 2030. The Lahti Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) includes 97 actions both in climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Latest climate calculation of Lahti area showed the green house gas emissions have fallen already over 40 % 1990-2017. After new thermal energy power plant Kymijärvi 3 is operational 2019-20, Lahti district heating and local electricity production will be almost entirely renewable.
Climate change adaptation
Climate change is already under way, affecting the northern parts of the globe in particular. Lahti operates in international networks to learn from other cities' experiences. Preparation must be promoted in terms of both short-term risk management and long-term adjustments in collaboration with land use planning, among other things. More research information is needed as well about matters such as how the increased rain affects ground water.
Sustainable Development Coordinator Eira Rosberg