Lahti is the first Finnish city to be appointed as the European Green Capital at the awards ceremony in Oslo June 20 2019.
The title of European Green Capital is the European Commission’s recognition of a city that is a pioneer in environmental activities, serves as an example to other cities and develops innovative solutions to environmental challenges. Winning the title means that in 2021, a number of international and local environmental events will take place in Lahti.
– Lahti receiving the title is very important regionally, nationally and internationally, as Finland has never had a European Green Capital. Lahti will implement the idea of the European Green Capital in an excellent way and supports its ambitious goals, says Mayor Pekka Timonen.
Lahti was one of the three finalists in the European Green Capital competition for 2021. Lahti competed for the title against Strasbourg and Lille. Originally the competition involved nine cities across Europe.
Lahti will become carbon neutral already in 2025 as the first major city in Finland. Lahti made a major energy transformation and stopped using coal at the beginning of April. Lahti is spending approximately EUR 180 million on an environmentally friendly bioenergy plant. Lahti is also the first city in the world to launch a personal traffic emissions trading scheme for residents in autumn 2019.
Published by ” Business Finland “