Lahti - European Green Capital 2021



A sustainable future calls for action, not just talk.

This is why we make bold environmental choices every day in Lahti together with universities, companies and the residents. We are a pioneer of smart, sustainable solutions and the European Green Capital 2021.

As the Green Capital, we will highlight the best European environmental solutions, support the climate goals of Lahti and the whole Finland and start ambitious cooperation projects. We will make the long-term environmental work in Lahti known both in Finland and around the whole world and make sure that the citizens’ everyday life in the city is smooth.

Story of Lahti

City of Makers

It all started with cleaning up Lake Vesijärvi, and it has progressed to personal carbon trading today with a carbon-neutral daily life in the future. We have discovered solutions for environmental challenges and made Lahti the European Green Capital together.

The year 2021 gathers the municipalities in the Lahti region and the companies, communities and citizens in the whole Finland together to build a more sustainable future. We invite everyone to join in implementing the year as the Green Capital with their own events, ideas and actions.


Carbon-neutral Lahti 2025

Lahti is the leading green city in Finland and a leader of environmental work: we have already abandoned the use of coal and will become a carbon-neutral city by 2025 as the first major city in Finland.

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The green city belongs to everyone

We want everyone to participate in creating the green city! In Lahti, the residents actively participate in sustainable urban development, and together we make our city even more pleasant and functional.

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Towards waste-free circular economy

Let’s pay it forward! Thanks to the long-term development of waste management, we have created new kinds of jobs in circular economy companies, and as much as 99% of household waste is recovered.

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Everything is based on water and nature

In Lahti, the city is in your front yard, and nature in your backyard! The decades-long effort to protect Lake Vesijärvi and the nature of the Finnish Lake District has brought unique environmental expertise to the city, and we want to share it with others.

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Come, see and experience the results of environmental work in Lahti!

During the visit, we will see interesting sites in the City of Lahti and learn more about the pioneering environmental actions of local companies.

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Let’s make the city more sustainable together!

You can find more information and inspiration at the events of the Green Capital year. Find out more and join us!

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European Dialogue for Sustainable Cities is a brand new dialogue series that offered heated debate on European cities’ environmental solutions, innovations, and cooperation models amid an ecological crisis and corona pandemic. Watch all episodes !

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Find your own environmental action and join us

Support the environmental goals of Lahti and participate in the Green Capital year with big or small actions! What will you do next for the environment?

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