City of Lappeenranta
Finland

Population: 72495
Area of jurisdiction: 1723.5 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: 80% by 2030 (2007) 30% by 2020 (1990)
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: n/a n/a
Energy efficiency target: n/a % by 2016 (2005)
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 2014 ):  85 tCO2e

Other available GHG inventories: 2014

Mitigation actions

Environment program
City of Lappeenranta was one of the 14th best cities in the world wide WWF City Challenge communities. The subject of the competition was how communities mitigate climate change. The development of this success is due to the change in energy production towards more sustainable direction. It is necessary to strengthen and plan the future development to ensure the good development. Other South Karelian communities share the same development and challenges. In this project there will be made environmental programs for South Karelia and each of its communities. This is performed in Work package 1. Work Package 2 will concentrate on a future plan of energy production and consumption. Lappeenranta technological university has a wide knowhow in energy issues and expertise will be used in this work package. Small and medium size companies will attend in both work packages. The change in energy use and production will bring new opportunities for companies. Companies joining work packages will be found during project. Environmental Program of South Karelian Communities will be performed during 2014-2016. Work packages will be partly concluded as an external services.emissions, no over-consumption and sustainable well-being. In the resource efficient city project Lappeenranta created a road map outlining long-term sustainable well-being targets and the measures required for achieving them. The road map shows what the region must do to create sustainable city based on aspects such as energy production and consumption, and community structure. The city of Lappeenranta also committed to create operating models for saving on natural resources, reducing emissions and enhancing the well-being of local residents. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Energy advising
The aim of energy advising is to give people advising on energy saving in very wide sector like choice of heating system, building up new house or repairing old house, choice of household machine, choice of electrical cars etc. Advising offers for free thermal cameras on which can heat leaks been detected on the house. Advising organizes lectures and participates variety of different events. Funding only in 2013-2014 for starting up action. No funding 2015-> but still in progress. Start year  
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Solid waste treatment in Lappeenranta
Lappeenranta solid waste treatment includes separation of waste in biowaste, drywaste, paper, cardboard, glass and metal. Biowaste is treated in komposting plant and dry waste is used for energy. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Waste water treatment plant for regional waste water
A New waste water treatment plant is beeing built for community waste water treatment. The capasity is 20.000 m3/day. The plant will be built 5 phased includin primary separation, chemical separation, biological treatment, clearance and diffusion/osmosis treatment. There will also be built a biogas treatment unit for the sewage sludge. Biogas unit will probably be built in another area. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Looking for Funding
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Energy efficient street lighting
The city of Lappeenranta is replacing all street lights for energy efficient street lights. First 2900 street lights were changed to energy efficient ones in 2014. Replacing the street lights will continue until all 11 000 lights are changed. In 2014 energy efficient street lights saved 680 MWh energy. When all the lights are replaced the yearly energy saving will be about 2,6 GWh. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Solar power production in the public properties
City of Lappeenranta is installing solar power for public properties. There is 5,5 kWp solar power plant installed on the harbour. New 49 kWp solar power plants will be installed on the roofs for Myllymäki daycare center and firestation in 2016. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Private sector's solar power installations
Households in Lappeenranta have been active in installing solar power systems on their homes. At the end of September 2015 there was 42 privately owned, on-grid solar power installations in Lappeenranta. Total capacity for these is ca. 255 kWp. Local university has installed addtional 220 kWp. Together these account for 8% of the all solar power capacity in Finland. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Wind power production
Partial ownership of the wind power companies TuuliSaimaa Oy and Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy. Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy was the first in Finland to introduce a megawatt-scale wind farm in 1999. Hyötytuuli has two wind farms in operation, located in Pori and in Raahe and one wind farm is under construction and will start the production in June 2016. The total annual electricity production of the wind farms is approximately 205 GWh. First in land wind power park in Finland, Tuulimuukko, was built by TuuliSaimaa Oy in 2013. Tuulimuukko consists of seven 3 MW turbines and it's annual electricity production is approximately 38 GWh. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Eco-efficient energy service
Eco-efficient energy service will enable property-owners and citizens to compare different energy solutions, with different indicators for energy production, such as cost, pay-back time and saved CO2 emissions. The web-based service can be used by private people, large property-owners and for example energy designers and other professionals. Start year  
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Finnish Carbon Neutral Municipalities (HINKU)
Hinku- municipalities aim to degrease CO2 - emissions 80 %. From 2007 to 2030. HINKU project is run by Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE). City of Lappeenranta has joined the project in 2014. Lappeenranta has made HINKU roadmap and annual program for different municipal actors to decrease emissions. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Kivisalmi pumping station
Kivisalmi pumping station has an important role in reducing the nutrient concentrations of the Little Saimaa waterway. Main targets in the restoration of Little Saimaa: - to increase the water exchange rate - to reduce external nutrient load Measures to be taken in the water area: - changing the flow conditions - managing the fish populations and removing reeds In the catchment area: - building wetlands and other water protection structures - enhancing the availability of information, advisory services and training Pumping station is an energy-efficient pump - a horizontal axial flow propeller pump - powered by a permanent-magnet engine - the flow was planned with special care - around four times more efficient than commercial alternatives - developed at the Lappeenranta University of Technology - a low head and large size increase the energy-efficiency Pump capacity - can transfer 10 cubic meters of water per second - the water is transferred through the tunnel excavated under the Taipalsaari road - utilizes the top quality water of the Greater Saimaa - extends the operations of Vehkataipale pumping station - the energy-efficient pump is wind-powered and is thus completely carbon emission -free Verified impacts 2014-2015 - the overall phosphorous level was reduced by nearly 40% - the total amount of nitrogen was reduced by around 10% - the water has become clearer and the turbidity level had dropped by over 30% - these changes correspond with the model calculations that were made before the restoration project begun. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Towards resource efficient city
Towards resource efficient city project aims to promote the wise use of natural resources and create the preconditions for sustainable well-being and success. The 2050 targets are: no waste, no emissions, no over-consumption and sustainable well-being. In the resource efficient city project Lappeenranta created a road map outlining long-term sustainable well-being targets and the measures required for achieving them. The road map shows what the region must do to create sustainable city based on aspects such as energy production and consumption, and community structure. The city of Lappeenranta also committed to create operating models for saving on natural resources, reducing emissions and enhancing the well-being of local residents. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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City offices transforming green
City of Lappeenranta is taking action into having more green office environment. This is part of City's Carbon Neutral Municipalities Project in which Lappeenranta joined in 2014. Steps to greener office: - initial evaluation of the situation in the office - inquiry to the employees about the sustainable targets - taking action towards the chosen sustainable activities - follow up and new targets City of Lappeenranta has an own visual appearance for green issues and posters etc. are spead around the offices. Digital marketing is also important, including intranet and web pages. Example of the poster is attached. In 2015 these offices started to be green: - City administration - Lappeenranta Region’s Environmental Office Attached is an example of a query for the City administration office workers. It shows what kind of actions they wish to implement in their green office. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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CamBus - hybrid bus
CAMBUS, The prototype for a completely new hybrid bus will be used for public transport. It is to be built through a collaborative project involving three educational institutions in Lappeenranta. City of Lappeenranta local transport procurement process was awarded as a public act of the end of September 2013. Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Myllymäki school and daycare
Building of new school and day care in Myllymäki. Renewable energy is used in heating the building. Energy savings are still under calculation. Start year 2014
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Kaukaan Voima Oy, biofuelpowerplant
Change of energy source from natural gas to biomass through investment on a new biofuelpowerplant Start year 2007
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Adaptation actions

Public city transport program 2020 and cycling
Lappeenranta City council has approved a Public city transport program 2020 in year 2012. Its vision for 2020 include the following: -Popularity of public transport is increased. The customer base is established by unifying the urban structure of the city. Growth of the population and the new constructions are directed to the central areas and close to public transport zone. -Transport services are improved by increasing fast connections especially for commuting, by developing access and exchange connections, by improving the priority bus stops and by maintaining the travel price affordable. -Statutory transportation is rationalized and forwarded more towards general public transport. -Cycling routes should be easy and smooth Public city transport program is implemented through many activities. One aim in City’s Climate program is that emissions from transport will reduce by -15% by year 2020 from the level of year 1990. Development of cycling is one of the objectives in the city’s strategy for 2028. City has made a plan of main cycling routes of Lappeenranta. Due to the action plan, Lappeenranta was elected as a cycling community of Finland 2015. In total there are 95 kilometres of main cycling routes. Actions for the development are for example: -Working group for cycling development -Development project -Revision of the master plan in the city centre -Calculation of estimates for the cycling volumes -Improving the cycling routes -All routes were filmed with action camera Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Baltic Cleantech Testbeds -project
SMEs face barriers to internationalization and growth such as lack of knowledge about export markets, insufficent access to financing for export activities, and limited resources for sales and marketing. In the BSR, SMEs are operating in small and fragmentated markets. This is also the case in the cleantech sector which slows down market uptake of innovations and environmental improvements. Likewise municipal organizations face bottlenecks such as lack of information about new technologies, in particular in other countries, and lack of knowledge about financing instruments. It is a goal of the BSR strategy to create a home market around the entire Baltic Sea for companies from the BSR countries. A stronger cleantech “home market” in the Baltic Sea region will help BSR cleantech companies access near­markets and eventually through a stronger homemarket overcome barriers to larger, global markets. The BCT project will provide opportunities for cleantech SMEs to present their solutions to customers (municipalities) in a number of markets in the BSR. The project will develop a ”testbed cycle” from market analysis to testbeds and build a network of partners with knowledge about cleantech solutions, market strategies and financial solutions. Common tools for evaluation and shared experiences will considerably reduce duplication of investments, improve profitability, raise awareness and level of knowledge as well as strengthen cross­border collaboration among the many stakeholders involved in cleantech investments. Cleantech innovations can work in most countries. A transnational project will therefore speed up market uptake. If similar innovations, with slight adaptations, are used in many countries, it will lead to further smart specialization and economies of scale. Speedier market uptake and more customer contacts will also speed up development of next generation solutions. The project will focus on technologies for improved energy efficiency. The result will be a network of partners that can continue to cooperate around testbed activities. It will also result in a method that can be used for the purpose of speeding up market uptake of innovations, both in the BSR and in other regions across Europe. A result will be a number of testbed events and installations. The project will, through enhanced sales efforts via the project companies be able to speed up the cycle of development and the result will be a number of adaptations to systems and solutions based on experiences made through the project. The network created in the project will include organizations in many of the countries around the BS. The BCT will serve cleantech companies, but the model can be used for other sectors and industries. The project will focus on technologies for improved energy efficiency. The result will be a network of partners that can continue to cooperate around testbed activities. It will also result in a method that can be used for the purpose of speeding up market uptake of innovations, both in the BSR and in other regions across Europe. A result will be a number of testbed events and installations. The project will, through enhanced sales efforts via the project companies be able to speed up the cycle of development and the result will be a number of adaptations to systems and solutions based on experiences made through the project. The network created in the project will include organizations in many of the countries around the BS. The BCT will serve cleantech companies, but the model can be used for other sectors and industries. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Looking for Funding
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Lappeenranta 2028 strategy
Long term city strategy is legally binding for all cities in Finland. City of Lappeenranta has chosen both short term and long term objectives and sustainability is a great influencer in the strategy. In 2028 City of Lappeenranta would like to be a leader in renewable energy and green technologies. This involves many actions and city is actively promoting them. Lappeenranta is known as the International University City in Finland. We are also the Commercial Center of South-East Finland and the meeting point of the EU and Russia appr. 200 km away from both Helsinki and St. Petersburg. Lappeenranta is a home for approximately 73 000 residents. The green, energy-efficient and ecological city is seeking sustainable development solutions with an open mind through university and industry partnerships. Lappeenranta University of Technology is an internationally renowned for its energy and environmental technology expertise and the Green Campus. Lappeenranta has already shown strong progress within renewable energy with high quality and innovative programs including groundbreaking projects in bioenergy, solar, hydrogen generation, transportation. The city has pursued these programs with strong collaborations with the education sector and industry incubation. The EHCC recognition coupled with the city’s strategic goal of becoming a model of eco action encourages the green wave. In 2014 Lappeenranta was elected as Earth Hour Capital 2014 of Finland by WWF. Development goal for Lappeenranta is to make the city a testing ground for eco-friendly innovations, such as the ongoing construction of the Kivisalmi pumping station and the new renewably powered solutions in the boating and public transport sectors. Lappeenranta 2028 strategic goals are to develop Lappeenranta into a model city for green actions in which having a clean living environment and a zero-waste world are sources of innovative business growth. A clean living environment and sustainable well-being make Lappeenranta a comfortable place for residents and tourists to enjoy, and commit to setting up local businesses here. In respect of Lappeenranta 2028 strategic goal, Lappeenranta has been chosen in 2015 to SITRA’s project “Towards resource wisdom”. Project’s goals include that in 2050 Lappeenranta will have no waste, no emissions, sustainable consumption and better welfare of citizens. SITRA is an independent fund that reports directly to the Finnish Parliament. Lappeenranta has elected the cycling community of Finland 2015. City has done much to increase attraction of cycling. Especially winter maintenance of cycling routes has improved and a brand new map of cycling routes has published. Strategy itself does not have a budget. It is implemented through projects and actions. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Green Energy Showroom network
The Green Energy Showroom network is a business-oriented concept now implemented in the South Karelia region. The aim is to provide a display vehicle for local enterprises developing and marketing innovative high-tech solutions in the fields of energy, environmental technology and sustainable development In addition, Green Energy Showroom is an integrated approach aimed at putting the region’s new green strategy into action. For implementation of this strategy, the expertise of the university is combined with both existing and innovative new entrepreneurship. For local residents, the network is a practical source of information on regional enterprises, actors and measures, while also serving as an incentive for participation. Start year 2013
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Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
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Wirma Lappeenranta Green Office
WWF's Green Office is an environmental management system for offices. With its help, workplaces are able to reduce their burden on the environment, achieve savings and slow down climate change. Wirma Lappeenranta Oy is Lappeenranta City development company, were is working 23 employees. Wirma's offices are located in Lappeenranta City center, University campus area and St. Petersburg. Wirma's office in St. Petersburg is going to be the first Green Office in Russia. The long term goal is also adopt Green Office to Lappeenranta City organization totally. Start year 2013
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Green Flag/Eco-Schools in Lappeenranta
The international Eco-Schools / Green Flag environmental education program for kindergartens and schools as well as learning institutions and leisure operators. 4 schools/kindergartens participate from Lappeenranta Start year 2005
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Take a bus -day
The two-day event, called Mennään Bussilla – Free Public Transport, has been organised by the City of Lappeenranta in cooperation with its local partners. Transport will be free-of charge in all central districts of Lappeenranta. During the 2-day event 16.000 people used public transport and is about 10,000 more passengers than compared to the previous weekend. Number of passengers in public transport has increased more than 200.000 persons since year 2010. Total number of passengers in 2014 was more than 1.550.000. Start year 2013
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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