Espoo: Local response to climate change

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Espoo: Local response to climate change

  1. 1. City of Espoo, Finland – Local response to climate change Sari Soini sari.soini(at)espoo.fi CHAMP Final Conference 14.-15.12.2011
  2. 2. Path of our climate work <ul><li>Energy saving and efficiency measures since mid 1990’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy saving office 1998-2001 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy efficiency agreements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Metropolitan area climate strategy in 2008 (mitigation) & Espoo’s own action plan for years 2009-2011 and 2012-2014 </li></ul><ul><li>Climate change adaptation: metropolitan area strategy under preparation, measures alredy included in Espoo’s own action plan </li></ul><ul><li>Climate issue strongly in city strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>” Espoo will be a forerunner in climate change mitigation” </li></ul></ul>08.12.11 Sari Soini
  3. 3. Espoo’s current commitments <ul><li>Covenant of Mayors and SEAP (-28 % in CO 2 -emissions per capita by 2020) </li></ul><ul><li>Eurocities climate declaration </li></ul><ul><li>Metropolitan area climate strategy 2030 (-39 % by 2030) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Climate strategy action plan 2009-2011 and 2012-2014 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Energy efficiency agreement, 2008-2016 (-9 % in energy consumption by 2016) </li></ul>08.12.11 Sari Soini
  4. 4. Where are we now? <ul><li>Direction is right, pace could be faster </li></ul>08.12.11 Sari Soini
  5. 5. Process of Espoo’s local climate work <ul><li>2009-2011 action plan preparation coordinated by environment center, wide participatory process </li></ul><ul><li>2010 the effectiveness of the action plan evaluated </li></ul><ul><li>2011 climate and energy issues coordination group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>updating the action plan 2012-2014, wide participatory process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>action plan coordination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>follow-up </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2011 political steering group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>definition of priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ensuring resources and realisation </li></ul></ul>08.12.11 Sari Soini
  6. 6. Lessons learnt <ul><li>First action plan period 2009-2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Raising the awareness about the plan has taken a long time, more resources should have been available for communication </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Coordination group has enhanced the work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsibility for carrying out actions and follow-up is divided </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Now we can also concentrate on cooperation with citizens and businesses not just city’s own operations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Political steering group  stronger political support also in concrete issues not just in principles level </li></ul><ul><li>Key has been integrating the climate actions to Espoo city strategy, no longer a separate action plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Climate targets and concrete actions are included in unit scorecards </li></ul></ul>08.12.11 Sari Soini

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