Lappeenranta has signed up with the global Seize Your Power energy campaign launched by the WWF. Launched on 5 June 2013 on World Environment Day, the campaign challenges all cities and businesses in key sectors to participate in building a more sustainable future by committing themselves to additional investment in wind and solar energy during the campaign year.
The campaign will culminate in the Earth Hour City Challenge 2014 competition between cities, with results published in March 2014. Registrations and reports will be accepted between 1 May and 13 October 2013. WWF encourages the cities in the campaign to commit themselves to additional investment in wind and solar energy.
First Finnish City in the Campaign
The City of Lappeenranta is already registered in the WWF's Carbon Cities Climate Registry, the world's largest database of climate activities. The cities enter their own, concrete goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and increase in the use of renewable energy. In line with the goal of its climate programme, Lappeenranta is committed to reducing its emissions by 30% from the 1990 level by the year 2020. According to the greenhouse gas balance for 2010, Lappeenranta has already managed to surpass the 20 per cent emissions reduction goal in accordance with the Kyoto protocol. The city will achieve its climate programme goals if the greenhouse gas emissions continue to fall by one per cent each year. Lappeenranta is the first Finnish city to join the campaign.
Measures for achieving the goal include planned implementation of solar power at the Myllymäki day care centre and future investment by Lappeenrannan Energia. The city and Wirma Lappeenranta Oy are active participants in the Green Energy Showroom network, whose website makes use of various means, including competitions, to encourage the use of renewable energy. The activities reported will also include the energy-efficient results of the Green Marina competition concerning the City Bay of Lappeenranta.
Development Manager Markku Heinonen trusts that the global campaign will bring positive visibility and encourage city residents to participate in the energy project: "The city would like to challenge the residents of Lappeenranta and Southern Karelia to take part in energy-saving activities on their own behalf by replacing foreign energy production with domestic and sustainable sources of energy."
"We are working in close co-operation with the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT); as Finland’s leading university on energy, LUT will encourage the city and its residents to find new energy solutions," says Environmental Director Ilkka Räsänen. "This will reduce emissions even further."
Photo: The panels of Green Marina's 5.5-kW solar power plant are installed on top of eleven pier gates in the City Bay. Photograph: Hanna Huppunen
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Lappeenranta is an international university and tourist center in a logistically important region in South-East Finland, near the border between the EU and Russia. The Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), the innovative operating environment, skilled workforce and good networks in a city of around 72,000 residents make it easier to start up and expand international business operations. Lappeenranta is easy to reach thanks to its international airport. The clean environment and magnificent nature offer unforgettable experiences at the shores of Lake Saimaa.