1 Environmental Management in Lahti We are developing the Lahti region into a world-class centre for environmental business and research.
2 Content City of Lahti Centre of environmental expertise Environmental Management in Lahti Lahti City Strategy 2025 Environmental Policy Common Environmental Targets Common implementation program GreenCity program Aalborg Commitments Regional Climate program Monitoring
3 Lahti Northern Part of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Population 1.6 Million City of Lahti - 7th largest city in Finland Population: Lahti ~ , Lahti Region ~ Lahti-Helsinki 100 km ~ 1 hour by car, ~50 min. by train Lahti - Helsinki-Vantaa Airport 90 km ~ 40 min. St. Petersburgh < 5 hours by train
4 Lahti Science and Business Park Ltd Tasks We promote the establishment of growth companies, development and investments in the Lahti region and cultivate the innovative activity in the area. We are responsible for the development and internationalization of the Finnish Cleantech cluster. We are developing the Lahti region into a world-class centre for environmental business and research.
5 Lahti Science and Business Park Ltd focus is in Cleantech business The leading Cleantech Park in Northern Europe. Coordinator of the Finnish Cleantech Cluster with over 500 member companies. 100 % subsidiary renewable energy centre Energon (TRI Energy Oy). 14 % owner of Helsinki Business and Science Park Oy Ltd. Owned by the City of Lahti (74 % of the shares) Turnover M. Budget M. Project portfolio over 30 M. Number of personnel ~ 50. CEO Lauri Ylöstalo.
6 Lahti Science and Business Park s role in Lahti Region Business Development Developing the Lahti Region s main focused businesses Cleantech and Design. Promoting the establishment of growth companies. Developing of the innovation and R&D activities as well as the innovation infrastructure of the region.
7 Lahti Science and Business Park Ltd Services for Growth & Internationalization Business development & internationalization services for Cleantech companies Internationalization programs: China, Russia, India. Investor & financer contacting: e.g. Cleantech Venture Day Development services for growth-companies Business Incubator and ICT services Invest-in activities & soft-landing services Lahti Cleantech Park facilities & services. Cleantech infrastructure - R&D labs, pilots, test-beds: Energon Renewable Energy Research Centre Pilot-scale Soil Research Centre
8 Finnish Cleantech Cluster led by Lahti Science and Business Park Ltd Mandated by Ministry of Employment and Economy ( ). Regions Kuopio, Oulu, Uusimaa, Lahti. Target in increasing Cleantech know-how and business in Finland and in internationalizing the Finnish SMEs. 260 member companies of which the most are significant universities and research institutions. 60 % Cleantech business and 80 % of research in Finland. Ongoing internationalization programs: China, Russia and India. Finnish Cleantech Cluster was ranked the 3rd best Cleantech Cluster in global benchmark 2010 by Sustainable World Capital, USA.
9 Lahti Cleantech Park The most significant centre of environmental research, education and business in Northern Europe. Currently m 2: about 50 organisations, 350 employees, 200 students. The biggest organisations: Aalto University, School of Science and Technology, Lahti Centre University of Helsinki, Dpt. of environmental sciences Lahti University of Applied Sciences, environmental technology Tampere University of Technology, Dpt. of Material Science Ramboll Finland Oy Lahti Science and Business Park Ltd Pöyry Environment Oy The 2nd new office building of the Park in the beginning of > m 2.
10 Environmental Management in Lahti Several Environmental Programs have been implemented since 1970s 1 st environmental policy of the City Council in st Environmental Management System in 1996 based on ISO structure Lahti took part in several projects to develop environmental management and to promote sustainable development in Lahti Energy Ltd and Päijät-Häme Waste Disposal Ltd have their own ISO14001 certificated Environmental Management Systems Common Environmental Policy with Hollola, Nastola and Lahti approved in the Councils 2008 Lahti City Strategy 2025 (2009) has a strong environmental focus: Lahti strives to become a leading environmentally focused city by promoting sustainable development in all of its operations.
11 Environmental management structure in Lahti City Region 1. Municipal strategies, decided by councils 2. Environmental policy, decided by councils 3. Common environmental targets, decided by municipal executive boards 4. Implementation program of environmental issues, decided by the common environmental board City Strategy Environmental Policy Common Environmental Goals Implementation Program 10/27/2011
12 Lahti City Strategy 2025 The Lahti strategy is an essential leadership instrument for the city council. As a mutual expression of intent concerning the future, changes to be made, renewal, and development, the strategy ties individual decisions and measures in with parts of a long-term action plan. The Lahti strategy defines the city's operating principles, its vision to the year 2025, and the strategic objectives and success factors that create a path to the vision. The guidelines defined in the strategy are applied in all operations and development of the city.
14 Lahti City Strategy 2025 Vision: Lahti is a vital, attractive, and environment-focused city Strategic objectives and success factors: 1. Lahti is a vital, growing city 2. The conditions for residents wellbeing are met through concentration on core tasks 3. Lahti has an unprejudiced multicultural urban community with a good sense of solidarity 4. Lahti is a pioneer in sustainable development 5. The finances of the city are balanced in the long run 6. The city is a popular employer with skilled, professional personnel who have willingness to develop
15 Lahti is a pioneer in sustainable development Lahti strives to become a leading environmentally focused city by promoting sustainable development in all of its operations. The City of Lahti will for example: Develop the urban structure and traffic system so as to promote bicycle and pedestrian traffic and public transportation, in an aim to decrease passenger car traffic Save natural resources and the environment and protect the surface water and groundwater systems Observe energy- and material-efficiency in all operations Decrease the greenhouse gas emissions in the area Develop the annual environmental report into a tool for monitoring and evaluation 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.
16 Environmental Policy Hollola-Lahti-Nastola Common Environmental Policy guides the operations of the City Administration and the municipalities as well as the companies they own. The accomplishment of the Environmental Policy is reported to the citizens, decision-makers and the stakeholder groups. The Environmental Policy supports the local government strategies approved by the Councils. Objectives: Implementation of climate change mitigation operations and preparation for the risks Protecting and maintaining a healthy, diverse and vital living and natural environment Protecting the quality and quantity of ground water sources and safeguarding the recreational and natural values of the water areas Securing resources for environmental awareness-raising and increasing citizens opportunities to participatory democracy
17 Common Environmental Targets and Common Implementation Program Lahti Region Environmental Service prepares together with other actors responsible for the implementation, the Common Environmental Targets. Lahti City Council and the Municipal Councils of Hollola and Nastola approve the Common Environmental Targets. To implement the Common Environmental Targets, a detailed program with specific short and medium term targets is drawn up; Common Implementation Program Common Implementation Program contains timetables for activities and named the personnel responsible for the accomplishment of each activity Program is approved by the Lahti Region Environmental Board
19 Lahti Green City GreenCity Everyday life in a vibrant Eco-City Network Directed by the Central Administration Partners connected to the program through pilot projects and joint communication plans Program Supports growth in Lahti Region honoring sustainable development principles Activities Support the accomplishment of the goals of the City strategy Visibility through cooperation Active communication on the environmental knowhow and sustainable operations in the area Participation of the citizens
20 Upcoming GreenCity Themes 2011 Housing, community structure and energy efficiency 2012 World Design Capital year environment +design, innovative transportation 2013: Nature in Lahti, sustainable tourism
21 Aalborg Commitments The Aalborg Commitments are designed to strengthen ongoing local sustainability efforts and to revitalize Local Agenda 21. The Aalborg Commitments have two main objectives: 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. 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. In Lahti, Aalborg Commitments were signed by the City Council in In May 2008, the Environmental Steering Committee of the Lahti City Region named the Lahti Region Environmental Service (LSYP) to coordinate the baseline review. The baseline review was implemented as a self-assessment procedure guided by the Aalborg Committee that had representatives from different sectors.
22 Aalborg Commitments 1. Governance We are committed to energizing our decision-making processes through increased participatory democracy. 2. Local management towards sustainability We are committed to implementing effective management cycles, from formulation through implementation to evaluation. 3. Natural common goods We are committed to fully assuming our responsibility to protect, to preserve, and to ensure equitable access to natural common goods. 4. Responsible consumption and lifestyle choices We are committed to adopting and facilitating the prudent and efficient use of resources and to encouraging sustainable consumption and production. 5. Planning and design We are committed to a strategic role for urban planning and design in addressing environmental, social, economic, health and cultural issues for the benefit of all.
23 Aalborg Commitments 6. Better mobility, less traffic We recognize the interdependence of transport, health and environment, and are committed to strongly promoting sustainable mobility choices. 7. Local action for health We are committed to protecting and promoting the health and wellbeing of our citizens. 8. Vibrant and sustainable local economy We are committed to creating and ensuring a vibrant local economy that gives access to employment without damaging the environment. 9. Social equality and justice We are committed to securing inclusive and supportive communities. 10. Local to global We are committed to assuming our global responsibility for peace, justice, equality, sustainable development and climate protection.
24 Aalborg Commitments In 2009, the Aalborg Commitments baseline review was made In 2011, an implementation program with targets for different commitments
25 Climate Programme Cities and local governments have an important role in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Targets Lahti Region Environmental Strategy: the greenhouse gas emissions in 2015 should be at the same level as in 1990 Environmental Strategy of Häme aims at 20% cut in emissions from the 1990 level by 2020 Lahti City Strategy, the city is committed to cutting down the greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from the 1990 level by 2025.
26 Climate Programme : Lahti-Hollola- Nastola Defining local measures to implement the reduction targets The program focuses especially on activities, which can be implemented through cities and municipalities own decisions, actions and guidance.
27 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
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