Sustainable urban life programme

Our current way of life consumes a lot of natural resources and causes emissions that warm the climate and degrade the quality of the air we breathe. It must be possible to reverse this development if we are to give our children the opportunity for a safe and healthy planet. The Helsinki metropolitan area has started engaging in vigorous climate and resource wisdom efforts: cities have set ambitious carbon neutrality targets, and programmes to implement them.

Cooperation between cities and with other parties is also necessary to meet the climate challenge. Residents need to be inspired to reduce the emissions from their consumption. To this end, HSY is preparing a sustainable urban life programme for the Helsinki metropolitan area together with the cities, regional organisations, companies and residents of the Helsinki metropolitan area.

The programme’s vision is ‘Together we will create the most sustainable urban area in the world’, with themes that include climate change mitigation, the circular economy, adapting to a warming climate, and a healthy living environment. The programme promotes choices guiding the lives of city residents in a direction that would allow global warming to be halted at 1.5°C.

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The preparation of the sustainable urban life programme started in early 2019. During the year, several workshops were organised to brainstorm and plan the measures to be included in the programme.

The writing of the draft programme has been underway in the spring of 2020. Once the draft programme is completed, we will publish it on these pages and ask for comments.