The City of Helsinki has launched a guide with instructions for the preparation of an effective emissions reduction action plan.
This comes following the Helsinki Energy Challenge – a €1m competition for ideas how to decarbonise the city’s heating – which prompted net zero targets to be brought forward from 2035 to 2030.
The guide includes clear principles and provides examples of the formulation of targets, indicators and actions and general instructions for preparing an action plan and managing it throughout its lifecycle.
Its writers, Susa Eräranta and Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen, both from the City of Helsinki, said: “While carrying out climate work in different organisations, we both kept encountering this strange indifference towards the effectiveness of climate efforts, or rather the lack thereof. Almost everyone we met was worried about climate change and its mitigation, but very few people were interested in the actual effectiveness of measures intended to combat climate change.”