Lahti - European Green Capital 2021

Enduring change

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 leading environmental city in Finland and the Green Capital, we highlight the best European environmental solutions, support the climate goals of Lahti and the whole Finland and start ambitious cooperation projects. We 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.

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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 a leading environmental city and the European Green Capital together.

As most Europeans live in cities the size of Lahti, we set an excellent example to an enormous number of people.


Climate-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 climate-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 feel like they are living in 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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1,5 degree lifestyle

In order to achieve the 1.5-degree climate target, the average Finn needs to cut his or her carbon footprint to a quarter of the current level by 2030. See how the planet friendly way of living looks like in Lahti.

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Let’s change climate change together

The Climate Campaigners app offers diverse challenges that can help Lahti residents you to live more CO₂ neutral.

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