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Cities and local authorities - examples of collaboration

Forerunner municipalities cut climate emissions by almost a third

© Olli-Pekka Pietiläinen

Finnish municipalities in the pioneering Carbon Neutral Municipalities (Hinku) network have been actively combatting climate change by achieving significant reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions, averaging 29% over the period 2007–2015. They have largely done this by shifting away from the use of fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources, while improving the energy efficiency of buildings and infrastructure.

The Hinku municipalities have widely utilised SYKE’s expertise to identify and model favourable practices and create new innovations. Their sustainable procurements, such as the joint acquisition of more than a hundred solar energy facilities, help to build markets for climate-friendly technologies.

In co-operation

Carbon Neutral Municipalities (Hinku) network

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Warnings of flooding prevent damages

© Stig Hägglund

The waterway model system developed by SYKE, covering the whole of Finland, predicts real time water levels and flows of waterways as well as groundwater heights, based on hydrological observations and weather forecasts. The Flood Center operated jointly by SYKE and the Finnish Meteorological Institute, maintains a continuous system-based online review of the situation and warns about flooding of waterways.

The waterway model system has been of great benefit for example in Kittilä, northern Finland, on the Ounasjoki River, where floods occur regularly. Early warnings has benefited 

In co-operation

Finnish Meteorological Institute, The Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres), municipalities.

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Published 2017-09-29 at 15:00, updated 2017-09-29 at 15:00

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