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.