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Lahti: Environmental and Sustainability Management in Lahti Region
Lahti: Environmental and Sustainability Management in Lahti Region
Lahti: Environmental and Sustainability Management in Lahti Region
Lahti: Environmental and Sustainability Management in Lahti Region
Lahti: Environmental and Sustainability Management in Lahti Region
Lahti: Environmental and Sustainability Management in Lahti Region
Lahti: Environmental and Sustainability Management in Lahti Region
Lahti: Environmental and Sustainability Management in Lahti Region
Lahti: Environmental and Sustainability Management in Lahti Region
Lahti: Environmental and Sustainability Management in Lahti Region
Lahti: Environmental and Sustainability Management in Lahti Region
Lahti: Environmental and Sustainability Management in Lahti Region
Lahti: Environmental and Sustainability Management in Lahti Region
Lahti: Environmental and Sustainability Management in Lahti Region
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  • JOINT ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY FOR THE CITY AREA TO 2012     “ A joint environmental policy directs the activities of the municipalities/city and their businesses and corporations in environmental issues. Management of environmental issues is part of good housekeeping, and its continuous improvement will ensure that the municipalities/city promote environmental issues and sustainable development as pioneers. The implementation of environmental policy will be monitored and reported to local residents, decision-makers and various other interest groups.   The environmental policy also realises the municipal strategies approved by municipal councils.   The policy’s environmental objectives, to be implemented by maintaining the environmental programme approved by the municipal boards, include the following: - To implement climate change control procedures and prepare for risks resulting from this change - To protect quality of life and health in residential environments and settings as well as the diversity of nature - To safeguard the quality and quantity of groundwater and uphold the recreational and natural values of waterways   - To provide resources for the distribution of up-to-date environmental information and increase the residents’ opportunities to act on behalf of their environment   The municipal and city leadership as well as business and corporate directors are responsible for the implementation of the environmental policy within their own organisations. An additional goal is for all employees and staff representatives to be aware of their own responsible role in environmental matters. Implementation of the environmental policy will be integrated in the functions of the various municipal units. At every level of decision-making, the effects of decisions on environmental goals will be monitored. Hollola, Lahti and Nastola, together with their residents, businesses, organisations and other interest groups, will work for the good of the common environment.”
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  • Usually we are doing quite well when we ask decision makers to decide on visions, objectives and targets. But when we ask actual recourses to implement these targets we too often end up in business as usual decisions.
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    • 1. Environmental and Sustainability Management in Lahti Region Timo Permanto Environmental co-ordinator Lahti Region Environmental Services [email_address] CHAMP Final Conference 14.-15. December 2011
    • 2. Environmental management structure by documents and decisions in the Lahti Region <ul><li>Municipal strategies , decided by councils </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental policy , decided by councils </li></ul><ul><li> Common environmental targets , decided by </li></ul><ul><li>municipal executive boards </li></ul><ul><li> Implementation program of environmental issues , decided by the common environmental board </li></ul>08.12.11 CHAMP Final Conference 14.-15. December 2011
    • 3. Lahti City Strategy 2025 <ul><li>Vision in the city strategy : ‘Lahti is a vital, attractive, and environment-focused city’ </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic objectives and success factors: </li></ul><ul><li>Lahti is a vital, growing city </li></ul><ul><li>The conditions for residents’ wellbeing are met through concentration on core tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Lahti has an unprejudiced multicultural urban community with a good sense of solidarity </li></ul><ul><li>Lahti is a pioneer in sustainable development </li></ul><ul><li>The finances of the city are balanced in the long run </li></ul><ul><li>The city is a popular employer with skilled, professional personnel who have willingness to develop </li></ul>08.12.11 CHAMP Final Conference 14.-15. December 2011
    • 4. Lahti City Strategy: ‘Lahti is a pioneer in sustainable development’ <ul><li>Lahti strives to become a leading environmentally focused city by promoting sustainable development in all of its operations. </li></ul><ul><li>The City of Lahti will for example: </li></ul><ul><li>Develop the urban structure and traffic system so as to promote bicycle and pedestrian traffic and excellent public transportation , in an aim to decrease passenger car traffic </li></ul><ul><li>Save natural resources and the environment and protect the surface water and groundwater systems </li></ul><ul><li>Observe energy- and material-efficiency in all operations </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease the greenhouse gas emissions in the area </li></ul><ul><li>Develop the annual environmental report into a tool for monitoring and evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>By committing to halve greenhouse gas emissions from the 1990 level by 2025 , Lahti takes a position at the forefront among cities striving for sustainable development. </li></ul>08.12.11 CHAMP Final Conference 14.-15. December 2011
    • 5. Environmental Policy in Hollola-Lahti-Nastola <ul><li>Common Environmental Policy guides the operations of the City Administration and the municipalities as well as the companies they own. The recent one approved in municipal councils of three municipalities in 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>The accomplishment of the Environmental Policy is reported to the citizens, decision-makers and the stakeholder groups. </li></ul><ul><li>The Environmental Policy supports the local government strategies approved by the Councils. The policy itself is also approved by the councils of our three municipalities. </li></ul><ul><li>Main Objectives: </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation of climate change mitigation operations and preparation for the risks </li></ul><ul><li>Protecting and maintaining a healthy, diverse and vital living and natural environment </li></ul><ul><li>Protecting the quality and quantity of ground water sources and safeguarding the recreational and natural values of the water areas </li></ul><ul><li>Securing resources for environmental awareness-raising and increasing citizens’ opportunities to participatory democracy </li></ul>08.12.11 CHAMP Final Conference 14.-15. December 2011
    • 6. Common Environmental Targets and Common Implementation Program <ul><li>Lahti Region Environmental Service prepares together with other actors responsible for the implementation, the Common Environmental Targets. </li></ul><ul><li>Lahti Region Environmental Board decides on submitting the document to the City and Municipal Executive Boards to be approved. Decisions in all three boards in the winter 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>To implement the Common Environmental Targets, a detailed program with specific short and medium term targets is drawn up; Common Implementation Program. </li></ul><ul><li>Common Implementation Program contains timetables for activities and named the personnel responsible for the accomplishment of each activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Program is approved by the Lahti Region Environmental Board in May 2011. </li></ul>08.12.11 CHAMP Final Conference 14.-15. December 2011
    • 7. Aalborg Commitments <ul><li>The Aalborg Commitments are designed to strengthen ongoing local sustainability efforts and to revitalize Local Agenda 21. The Aalborg Commitments have two main objectives: </li></ul><ul><li>– They aim to raise awareness and highlight the need for local governments across Europe to act in an integrated way to meet the growing challenges of sustainability. </li></ul><ul><li>– The Aalborg Commitments are designed as a practical and flexible tool for local action and achievements. On signing the Aalborg Commitments, local governments enter a target-setting process in dialogue with local stakeholders and incorporating existing LA21 or other sustainability action plans. </li></ul><ul><li>In Lahti: In September 2007, the City Council decided to sign the commitments , In June 2009 the Baseline Review was published, In the summer and early autumn 2011 all the sector committees of the city approved the Lahti Sustainability Program 2011 that serves as a target and action program for Aalborg Commitments </li></ul>08.12.11 CHAMP Final Conference 14.-15. December 2011
    • 8. Climate Program 2009-2015 <ul><li>Cities and local governments have a key role in climate change mitigation and adaptation. </li></ul><ul><li>  Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Targets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Strategy of Häme region aims at 20 % cut in emissions from the 1990 level by 2020. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Päijät–Häme region: in the area of 13 municipalities the emission reduction should be 70 % by 2035. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lahti City Strategy, the city is committed to cutting down the greenhouse gas emissions by 50 % from the 1990 level by 2025. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the energy efficient agreement Lahti has promised  to reduce total energy consumption in own buildings 9 % from 2005 to 2016. </li></ul></ul>08.12.11 CHAMP Final Conference 14.-15. December 2011
    • 9. Climate Programme 2009 – 2015: Lahti-Hollola-Nastola Defining local measures to implement the reduction targets The program focuses especially on activities, which can be implemented through city organization’s and municipalities’ own decisions, actions and guidance. The IMMU –project has supported the program work and has produced several studies concerning CO2 emissions from different sources
    • 10. 08.12.11 Monitoring, Measuring and Results of Operations Lahti has continuous environmental monitoring systems in air quality (mainly in the City Centre), surface waters and ground water quality (in the whole region). Regularly we publish Regional Environmental Report (publ. each fourth year) and Lahti Region Environmental Review . The annual Environmental Review describes the realisation of the Environmental Policy and includes a verbal report, environmental key figures (about 40 indicators) and a chapter describing environmental investments, expenses and incomes.
    • 11. Some concrete actions in Lahti 1 <ul><li>Climate protection by Energy efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>WWF Green Office certification in the whole city organization by 2013, pilots started this autumn, as a part of the Green City program </li></ul><ul><li>Lahti Energy Ltd. is building a new power plant that incinerates plastic and wood waste as the main fuel, starts to operate in 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>The Lahti Water Ltd’s main waste water treatment plant gets all the needed electricity and most of the heat from the methane cathced from it’s own process </li></ul><ul><li>To increase energy efficiency in new buildings by renewing local building regulations and by more target oriented advice for new builders </li></ul><ul><li>To reduce heat and electricity consumption in city owned real estates by more effective and smart building systems and energy saving renovations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improvement of energy efficiency of public buildings with private companies in ESCO -project </li></ul></ul>08.12.11 CHAMP Final Conference 14.-15. December 2011
    • 12. Some concrete actions in Lahti 2 <ul><li>To improve the transportation system </li></ul><ul><li>To increase subsidies to local bus traffic to reduce tarifs (380 000 euro more in the 2012 budget) </li></ul><ul><li>To build new pedestrian and bike roads by 300 000 euro per year </li></ul><ul><li>To invest new City Bike system and sheltered Bike Parks </li></ul><ul><li>More sustainable consumption </li></ul><ul><li>More nearby products, better logistics and less meat and dairy products in the city’s own meal production for schools, kindergartens, hospitals etc. </li></ul><ul><li>In the Governance </li></ul><ul><li>- To improve the implementation of the city strategy’s ambitious targets by connecting that closely to budget preparation and committing all the departments and city owned companies by remodeling the comprehensive management system and ownership’s policy of the city </li></ul>08.12.11 CHAMP Final Conference 14.-15. December 2011
    • 13. The main challenges in the sustainable management system of Lahti Commitment to implementation by other departments/companies and key politicians ! How can we ensure that the evaluation of the results has enough influence to the target setting of next management circuit? Communication! Communication! Communication! Financing that supports the implementation of targets
    • 14. Some lessons learned from CHAMP <ul><li>INTEGRATION is vital precondition </li></ul><ul><li>- Diverse climate, environmental or sustainability programs don’t usually have needed weight in final decision making - Key targets and implementing actions in them should be included also in the comprehensive management system of the city </li></ul><ul><li>Target oriented COMMUNICATION </li></ul><ul><li>- Success in climate work requires proper networking and wide participation in the whole administration and also local community; break the resistance to change! </li></ul><ul><li>Smart public FINANCING </li></ul><ul><li>- We need ambitious visions, targets and action programs, but they are not nearly enough - Only allocating true resources, financing the actions that concretely support our climate efforts makes results </li></ul>08.12.11 CHAMP Final Conference 14.-15. December 2011
    • 15. Thank you! <ul><li>Timo Permanto, Lahti Region Environmental Services </li></ul><ul><li>Tel. +358 50 559 4054, E-mail. [email_address] , </li></ul><ul><li>www.lahti.fi </li></ul>

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