Carbon Neutral Municipalities (Hinku)


Municipalities as pioneers in climate change mitigation

The Carbon Neutral Municipalities project (Hinku project) brings municipalities, businesses, citizens and experts together to create and carry out solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The municipalities involved are committed to a target of 80% emission reductions by 2030 from 2007 levels.

Energy efficiency, renewable energy and local welfare

Emissions are reduced especially by improved energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy sources. In addition to the emissions from municipal operations, the municipal decision makers can have an influence on local emissions e.g. from land use, energy production and transport. Local businesses and residents are invited to participate in the climate actions. The aim is to strengthen the local community and increase wellbeing through e.g. cost reductions, energy self-sufficiency and new business opportunities.

Spreading best practices

Information about the best practices in climate change mitigation is spread nationally and internationally. The Hinku project has gained a lot of media publicity. Other communicational means such as online communication, events and a newsletter are also used. The wide partner group is valuable in distributing information.

Hinku Network

The Hinku network supports municipalities in their activities. A new online platform brings together Hinku municipalities, businesses offering climate-friendly products and services, as well as experts in the fields of climate and energy. The network offers its members networking possibilities, tools and support in emission reduction activities as well as emissions inventories and calculation, communicational cooperation and more. Municipalities that meet the so-called Hinku criteria are welcome to join the Hinku network.

More information


Jyri Seppälä, professor, Director of the Carbon Neutral Municipalities Project
tel. +358 295 251 629

Jyrki Tenhunen, Research Engineer and Team Leader
tel. +358 295 251 690

Hannele X Ahponen, Communication Specialist
tel. +358 295 251 780


Hinku - Towards Carbon Neutral Municipalities.
Published 2013-05-07 at 16:17, updated 2023-08-11 at 15:40