Climate-friendly life

Climate actions can be taken by everyone. You do not have to compromise on your quality of life, as climate actions often improve well-being. The most influential everyday actions relate to housing, food and mobility.

Energy-efficient housing and energy advice

The greatest climate impacts of households come from housing. Emissions can be significantly reduced through energy efficiency and renewable energy. Energy efficiency starts from one’s own actions and good property maintenance. Energy renovations can be used to make an impact on emissions as well as on housing costs and comfort.

Climateinfo’s energy advisers provide guidance to residents and housing companies in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The advisers help you move forward with a wide range of energy issues. You can inquire about matters related to the use of both equipment and the property, as well as about property-based energy renovations or transitioning to renewable energy. The service is free of charge. 

You can also ask the energy adviser to speak at events to highlight the energy efficiency of housing.

Residents’ evenings and online training

Interested in switching from oil to renewables, using solar electricity or arranging charging points for electric cars in your housing company? We organise courses and residents’ evenings with different themes all year round. The events and functions are held in Finnish.

Our most well-known and extensive course is the housing company energy expert training, where you learn the basics about a housing company’s energy consumption and energy efficiency.

Welcome to our popular, no-charge events!

The course is also available online at Koutsi.

Environmentally friendly food

Food is heating up the earth. Everyday actions have a major impact on the climate – and on health. Food accounts for a significant share of households’ climate emissions, about 20%. We can make a difference in this with easy choices, such as increasing the share of plant-based foods and reducing the amount of meat we eat, minimising food waste, and favouring seasonal food. 

According to nutritional recommendations, you should not eat more than 500 grams of meat per week. However, the average amount consumed is 1.5 kilograms per week. Processed meat has the highest climate emissions. By reducing its use, you are also reducing your own emissions.

Meat can be replaced by many protein-rich vegetables or plant-based products, such as lentils, beans or tofu. Nuts and seeds also contain protein.

Nitrogen Learn about the effects of excessive protein consumption Environmentally friendly food Read more about the climate impacts of food and climate-friendly food (in Finnish)

The Climateinfo YouTube channel has videos about bicycle maintenance as well as electric bikes and cycling in the winter, among other things. 

Sustainable mobility

Road traffic generates just under one-fifth of all Finland’s greenhouse gas emissions. Finland’s binding emission reduction objectives cannot be achieved solely by the electrification of passenger cars or by converting them to run on biofuels.

Changes in mobility are needed: reducing car use, increasing the share of walking and cycling, and increasing the use of public transport. There are good opportunities to increase walking and cycling especially in cities, as half of Finns’ car trips are less than five kilometres in terms of distance. 

Increasing walking and cycling as a substitute for driving reduces the harmful effects of motoring on health, such as deteriorating air quality and noise. Studies show that the comfort and attractiveness of areas usually improves if they are able to switch from passenger car use to walking and cycling. In addition, walking and cycling increase the amount of functional exercise residents engage in, improving health and overall well-being.

Kävelyn ja pyöräilyn edistämiskampanjat ‘Virtaa fillariin’ (Electricity to bike) campaign

EcoCompass

The EcoCompass certificate demonstrates commitment to continuous improvement. 

HSY’s Climateinfo offers the EcoCompass service to municipal organisations and their subsidiaries in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

EcoCompass is a pragmatic environmental management system that focuses on concrete measures. EcoCompass is easy to build: you receive personal support and ready-made tools. After an approved audit, your organisation will be granted an EcoCompass certificate.  

  • Do your customers or job applicants require proof of environmental responsibility?
  • Have you mastered the means to reduce waste and energy costs and to manage waste?
  • Do you know how environmental legislation applies to your operations?

The EcoCompass certificate demonstrates commitment to continuous improvement and complying with the ten criteria of EcoCompass. EcoCompass is based both on the corresponding Nordic environmental management systems and on international environmental management standards.