Comparison of actions for carbon neutrality in Northern European Regions
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council has published a report comparing the carbon neutrality strategies in Northern European regions. The report shows the different emissions of each region, their shortcomings and development needs.
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council expresses a wish for peer support and cooperation that could make the regional actions on the way to carbon neutrality more efficient. The ambitious goals need to become rapid implementations.
– The IPCC report, at the latest, indicates
that actions taken to stop the climate change, along with adapting measures
need to be taken to a totally new level. The European regions need to become
sparring partners, Mr Lauri Kuukasjärvi,
Business Development Manager at Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council compacts.
Every region with its own way to carbon neutrality
The most significant report observation is that both the benchmark regions and their milestones differ clearly from each other.
In Helsinki-Uusimaa the largest sources of carbon emissions are district heating, industrial processes and fuels. When it comes to renewable energy use, the Stockholm County is a forerunner, but there is not a lot of heavy industry to start with. The City of Hamburg has the largest emissions per capita, additionally from industry and traffic. Agricultural emissions far larger than the others are reported from the Jämtland County.
There is no easy path and no single medicine
for everyone, so every region needs to find its own path to carbon neutrality.
However, peer support and best practices from other regions can be of help in
the search of the right procedures.
Look at the comparison results
The comparison in English was made by Mr Miguel Gallardo, MSc in Chemistry and
Environmental Science. In the autumn of 2018, Mr Gallardo from Spain worked at
the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, according to the exchange programme
Climate-KIC Pioneers into Practice.
> Take a look at the comparison (pdf)
For more information, please contact:
Lauri Kuukasjärvi, Business
phone +358 40 041 9272