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Climate change

Our climate is changing and has already warmed two degrees between 1961-2017. Lahti City Strategy sets emission reduction target -70% by 2030.

Why 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 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. We are dealing with the future of humanity, great risks and preparing for those risks.

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. The Lahti Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) includes 44 actions, which are monitored every second year.

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 will give up goal and that will have remarkable effect on emissions.

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. 

Lahti signed 2018 new term of EU Covenant of Mayors Energy and Climate 2030, and is preparing new Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP), which includes plan for climate change adaptation.

More information

Sustainable Development Coordinator Eira Rosberg

eira.rosberg-airaksinen@lahti.fi