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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.

Mies kävelemässä pitkospuita pitkin. Kuvaaja Anni Levonen.
Every region needs to find its own path to carbon neutrality

Apart from Helsinki-Uusimaa, five other regions were compared. Their strategies are the most ambitious in Europe: the Stockholm County, the Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the North Holland Province (Amsterdam), the Capital Region of Denmark (Copenhagen) and the Jämtland County.

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:

Mr Lauri Kuukasjärvi, Business Development Manager,
phone +358 40 041 9272

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