1. Human activity contributes to climate change.

    Climate change

    Human activity contributes to climate change, and the consequences are serious. Curbing global warming requires a drastic reduction in emissions - right now.

  2. Why efficient buildings are vital

    Even without the transport in and around them, about 40 per cent of all energy consumption and emissions comes from buildings. So ensuring they're as energy efficient as possible is crucial to climate change mitigation.

  3. Everyday choices are key

    In the fight against the climate change, each and every one of us is needed.  Being aware of our own carbon footprint helps make green choices in everyday life. Local governments can make this easier.

  4. The need for speed

    We must start making changes now if we're to reduce emissions. Changing structures is costly and slow. But in the long run, extra investment in housing, transport and energy will more than repay itself.

  5. Finland is committed to change

    Finland has made a commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Achieving this requires individuals, businesses and local authorities as well as the state.

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Energy consumption, emissions and climate change

Mitigating climate change and limiting global warming to no more than two degrees Celsius requires drastic and rapid emission reductions. Emissions will need to be cut by 80% by 2050. The transition to a low-carbon society needs major changes, to social structures as well as buildings and construction.

Infrastructure reforms promoting a low-carbon society require extremely heavy investments. In practice, this will increase the cost of energy, transport and housing. On a national level, however, investments can be widely dispersed by creating the preconditions for decentralised region- and building-specific solutions on a local level. On the other hand, investments in energy efficiency will reduce operating costs in the long term.

Bringing emissions under control

Buildings and construction account for about 40 per cent of all energy consumption and emissions. If you include emissions from transportation, the effect is even more significant. The initiative ERA17 – For an Energy-Smart Built Environment 2017 identified 31 actions aimed at rapidly reducing emissions from the built environment. Actions were listed in five areas: land use, decentralised energy production, construction guidance, property use and ownership, and competence development. Implementing the actions will be a group effort requiring the involvement of individuals, businesses and local authorities as well as the state.

Green choices for housing, transport and consumption

When it comes to mitigating climate change, people have an important part to play. When you are aware of the environmental impact of choices relating to housing, transport and consumption, it is easier to make green choices. Local authorities are excellently positioned to offer people increased opportunities for contributing to the efforts and decision-making concerning climate change mitigation.

The Mayors' climate network brings together the climate actions of the six largest cities in Finland. Through their cooperation Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu want to inspire other cities and towns and encourage them to join the network.

The Ilmankos project in Tampere collected recommendations relating to citizens’ participation and climate campaigns, as well as the methods of participation which were deemed to work best. The ECO2 – Eco-efficient Tampere 2020 project continues on the same track, steering the city towards a carbon-neutral future. The Peloton project trains ‘gatekeepers’, groups which hold the keys to the energy choices people make.

The energy-efficient city block in Jätkäsaari will offer green services on site and thereby promote a new kind of low-carbon urban lifestyle. It is the result of the Low2No development project, which includes low-energy, low-carbon engineering and construction, resulting in a sustainable built environment.

The fight against climate change is carried out on the national, regional and local level. It is visible in our everyday life and local environment as well as in local decision-making and national building regulations.

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Blog Turning emissions into stone

The CarbFix project proves that carbon capture and storage is doable at an affordable price and within a fast time frame.

1 week ago by Oras Tynkkynen

Event High-level event on attractive climate solutions

How can the world scale up climate action in the current political landscape? How far can we go simply using existing low-carbon solutions? What role can Europe and Nordic countries play? These questions will be addressed at a high-level event organised by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the Norwegian Mission to the EU and the Nordic Council of Ministers. Our distinguished speakers will...

2 weeks ago by Oona Tiainen

Event Debat og lancering af Nordiske løsninger på globale udfordringer i København

Invitation til lancering og debat. Fem nordiske tænketanke og Nordisk Ministerråd står bag ny analyse som viser at 15 afprøvede nordiske løsninger kan reducere drivhusgasudledningen med 4 gigaton årligt hvis de bliver anvendt i andre dele af verdenen med lignende forudsætninger. Nordisk Energiforskning og det Internationale Energi Agentur (IEA) har endvidere fremlagt en analyse som anviser...

3 weeks ago by Oona Tiainen

Other site Video: Nordiska klimatlösningar som kan inspirera världen

The Nordic Council of Ministers together with Stockholm Environment Institute and Sitra arranged an inspiring breakfast seminar on 26 January in Stockholm. We presented the Nordic Green to Scale report in the event that also discussed what Sweden can do to live up to the ambiotions set by the Paris climate deal with president Trump in power. Nordiska ministerrådet och Stockholm Environment Institute välkomnar dig till ett inspirerande frukostseminarium på Kulturhuset där vi presenterar rapporten Green to Scale och diskuterar vad Sverige kan göra för att leva upp till Parisavtalets ambitioner med president Donald Trump vid makten.

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Other site Video: Nordic Green to Scale in Iceland

Video streaming from the event Nordic Climate Solutions in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 18 January 2017. The event presented the results from the Nordic Green to Scale study in Iceland.

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Event Nordiska klimatlösningar som kan inspirera världen

I ett inspirerande frukostseminarium på Kulturhuset i Stockholm diskuteras vad Sverige kan göra för att leva upp till Parisavtalets ambitioner med president Donald Trump vid makten.

1 month ago by Tuula Sjöstedt

Publication Five spearheads for sustainable development

Realisation of the UN's Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development requires both universality (working to achieve all goals everywhere) and strategic ability (selection and phasing of focus areas). Since all the 17 Agenda 2030 goals are interlinked, some key clusters of goals need to be identified in order to tackle the complex whole. The Finnish Government has been drafting a national...

Eeva Furman, Eva Heiskanen, Heikki Hiilamo, Tuuli Hirvilammi, Eeva Hellström, Janne Hukkinen, Jaakko Kiander, Anne Birgitta Pessi, Juho Saari

Event Opið málþing – Norrænar loflagslausnir: Green to Scale

Á málþinginu verður fjallað um þær 15 árangursríkar norrænu loftlagslausnir sem draga úr losun gróðurhúsalofttegunda á heimsvísu. Auk þess verður kynnt stuttlega hvaða aðferðum tilteknir aðilar beita á Akureyri í sama tilgangi. Markmiðið er að læra af því sem gert er á Norðurlöndum í þessum efnum með þeirri von um að hugmyndir kvikni um það til hvaða...

1 month ago by Tuula Sjöstedt

Publication Climate impact assessment of Nasdaq Helsinki

The leading climate change specialist, South Pole Group (SPG), together with Oekom Research AG (oekom) have been commissioned by Sitra to assess the climate impact of the companies listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Main Market. The results were compared against the equivalent impact of four other indexes; Nasdaq Stockholm, MSCI World, DAX and Eurostoxx 50, with a particular focus on the comparison with...

Robert Rosenberg, Harshpreet Singh (South Pole Group)

Event Nordic Green To Scale i Stockholm

Resultat av Nordic Green to Scale rapportet publiceras i Sverige på seminariet om kommissionens senaste energi- och klimatpaket Ren energi för alla i Europa.

2 months ago

Event Nordic Green to Scale at Nordregio 2016

The Nordregio Forum 2016 gathers together over 150 innovators, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from different organisations from all over the Nordic countries and elsewhere in Europe. This year's theme is the transition from a fossil to a bio-based and sustainable economy. In the session titled Regions as engines for green transition , Sitra's Senior Advisor Oras Tynkkynen ...

2 months ago by Tuula Sjöstedt

Event Climate Impact Assessment of Companies Listed on Nasdaq Helsinki 2016

Sustainability and climate issues have become more and more important to investors, companies and the stock exchange market. But where are the biggest climate risks in Finnish investment portfolios?   Sitra invites you to join us for the release of this year’s results of the climate impact screening of the companies listed on Nasdaq OMX Helsinki on 15 December 2016 at 09.00-10.30 at Hotel...

3 months ago by Tuula Sjöstedt

Publication Nordic green to scale

2015 was a year of commitments. From now on every year has to be a year of action. To achieve the goals set in the Paris agreement countries need to ramp up their climate efforts significantly. And we need to do it fast. The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra has teamed up with the Nordic Council of Ministers and distinguished institutions from all other Nordic countries to answer a simple question:...

Oras Tynkkynen (ed.)

Publication Nordic green to scale

2015 was a year of commitments. From now on every year has to be a year of action. To achieve the goals set in the Paris agreement countries need to ramp up their climate efforts significantly. And we need to do it fast. The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra has teamed up with the Nordic Council of Ministers and distinguished institutions from all other Nordic countries to answer a simple question:...

Oras Tynkkynen (ed.)

Publication Technical report

This technical report serves as a basis for the flagship report on the Nordic Green to Scale project. The project was led by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers Climate and Air Pollution Group KoL, CICERO, CONCITO, the University of Iceland Institute for Sustainability Studies and the Stockholm Environment Institute. The technical report was...

Jan Ivar Korsbakken and Borgar Aamaas (CICERO)

Event Citizens' Role in Mitigating Climate Change and Reducing Green House Gases

Individual citizens play a significant role in reaching the targets set in the Paris climate agreement. But what can individual people do? How can they work out their carbon footprint? This session includes an introduction to the Citizen’s Pledge initiative as well as information on concrete tools and lifestyle choices that make the biggest impact. The event is organised by Sitra and Climate...

3 months ago by Liisa Poussa


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