FIRST IN FINLAND: THE EUROPEAN GREEN CAPITALLahti is inaugurated as the 2021 European Green Capital by unanimous decision of the international jury.
Lahti is involved in the EU Comission’s 100 Climate-neutral and Smart Cities Mission. Participating cities will receive tailored support for the drafting and implementing of a climate agreement.
– Access to this EU mission directly supports the achievement of the city’s 2025 carbon-neutrality goal. It opens up new opportunities for funding and cooperation with other cities, universities and research, says Mayor Pekka Timonen.
The EU is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050, and the role of cities in achieving this goal is significant, as a major proportion of emissions are produced in cities. The pioneering cities selected among the 100 cities will develop and pilot measures and serve as role models for other European cities.
In addition to Lahti, Finnish cities if Lappeenranta, Espoo, Helsinki, Turku and Tampere were selected to the Mission.
European Commission press release: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_22_2591