Metropolia joined on 26 September, 2012 The Climate Partners network, a joint organisation formed by business and the City of Helsinki and the City of Helsinki. The network increased its list of members at an event held at the Helsinki City Hall, Mayor of Helsinki, Jussi Pajunen, signed environmental commitments with the Aalto University, ABB, Bring Express, Gaia, Gasum, Green Net Finland, the University of Helsinki, the Helsinki Cooperative Society Elanto (HOK-Elanto), Itella, Kämp Group, Metropolia, Motiva Oy, Nordic Offset, Finland’s environmental administration, Sitra, and Yleisradio Oy (Yle). In their respective commitments, the partners defined how they plan to mitigate climate change in their own operations.
Positive effects on the environment
Large companies, research facilities, and solution providers joined the Climate Partners on 26 September. The Climate Partners commit to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by enhancing their operations and offering better products and services for controlling climate change. In addition to signing the commitments, the Climate Partners network aims to improve the competitiveness of the companies, to find new business possibilities, and to enhance cooperation between the members of the network. Sitting at the same table with the companies, the research facilities can create new kinds of innovative solutions for a society that produces lower emissions.
The commitments are available at www.ilmastokumppanit.fi
Some examples of the commitments:
- Yle will reduce its electricity consumption in the Yle Centre in Pasila by at least 15 % by 2016.
- Through its research and development work, SYKE will produce tools and information materials to various actors in society for controlling climate change.
- Sitra will be carbon neutral by the end of 2017
- Nordic Offset will teach the Environmental Partner companies about becoming more carbon neutral in their operations in an event organised by the Environmental Partners network.
- Motiva promises to offer companies, public administration, and consumers information about and solutions for making resource-efficient and sustainable choices.
- The staff and students at Metropolia will carry out the Green Office programme on all campuses by 2017.
- The amount of mixed waste at Kämp Group will be less than 10 % of the total amount of waste by 2018.
- Itella will reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 30 % from 2007 to 2020.
- The Helsinki Cooperative Society Elanto will make its energy use 20 % more effective by 2016 and will increase the use of renewable energy sources by 1 % per year.
- The University of Helsinki will add information material on being environmentally friendly and controlling climate change when travelling, eating, using water and energy, as well as recycling into the orientation period for every new student.
- Green Net will help cleantech companies to develop clean technologies, increase their environmental business and implement and import the newest innovations in the field.
- The service vans and other company cars driven by the staff of Gasum will use Finnish carbon dioxide neutral biogas starting in December 2012.
- Gaia will compensate for its emissions by 200 % starting in 2012, at which point the company will have a positive effect on the environment.
- From 24 September 2012 onwards, every Bring Express car will have a system that produces real-time location information and reports on fuel consumption, kilometres driven and driving behaviour.
- ABB will promote electric cars by introducing an electric car by the end of 2012 and by sharing information on the advantages of using electric cars in the city.
- The aims of the Otaniemi international architecture competition include environmentally friendly and ecologically sustainable construction and transport. The outcome of the competition will be the construction of the new Aalto campus centre in connection with the future Otaniemi underground station in 2015.
Climate Partners looking for partners in different fields
In addition to companies, the network hopes to attract partners from universities and polytechnics, organisations and other associations. Its goal is to attract as many different partners as possible in order to facilitate wide-ranging and innovative collaboration.
You can join Climate Partners at www.ilmastokumppanit.fi
Deputy Mayor Pekka Sauri will serve as the chairman of Climate Partners, and the network will be coordinated by the City of Helsinki Environment Centre together with the City of Helsinki Economic Development.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Environment Protection and Research
City of Helsinki Environment Centre