The Päijät-Häme region is committed to ambitious goals for mitigating climate change. The aim is to reach carbon neutrality by 2030. This requires significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors, as well as increasing carbon sinks.
The Päijät-Häme region achieved Hinku (Towards Carbon Neutral Municipalities) region status in 2019. The national Hinku network brings together forerunner municipalities and regions that are committed to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2007 levels by 2030. The network is co-ordinated by the Finnish Environment Institute.
Päijät-Häme Regional Council strives to achieve the climate goals together with municipalities and other stakeholders. Key stakeholders are represented by the regional climate co-ordination group. The actions needed to achieve climate neutrality are described in the Climate Action Roadmap approved by the Regional Board in October 2020. The roadmap also addresses key issues related to climate change adaptation.
Climate Action Roadmap
The Päijät-Häme Climate Roadmap includes the regional vision and concrete actions to achieve climate neutrality. The actions towards climate neutrality are related to the following aims:
- We will reduce energy consumption and related greenhouse gas emissions
- We will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation
- We will implement the vision of the Päijät-Häme Region Circular Economy Road Map
- We will reduce GHG emissions from agriculture and increase carbon sinks
- We will reduce GHG emissions from forestry and land use, and increase carbon sinks
- We will promote climate issues as a central part of municipal decision-making
- We will work to improve climate change adaptation and resilience
The Climate Roadmap is part of the Canemure project that is funded by the EU Life programme.
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