The greenhouse gas emissions of Vantaa decreased again by 10 percent
According to the recent calculations of the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY), the greenhouse gas emissions of Vantaa decreased in 2020 by approximately ten percent, compared to the previous year. This is already the second year in a row when the greenhouse gas emissions have decreased so sharply.
The main reason for the decrease of emissions has been the significant reduction of use of coal in heat production. Vantaa Energy Ltd aims to end the use of fossil fuels as early as 2026. In 2020, in Vantaa the use of coal decreased by 66%, natural gas by 65%, and oil by 80% compared to the previous year. Coal and gas were replaced with burning of waste, biofuels, and peat. In Vantaa, the proportion of renewable energy grew to 29%, from 19%. HSY’s calculations do not include the use of biowaste in the burning of waste.
The exceptional year 2020 significantly decreased the road traffic in the Helsinki metropolitan area, which is visible in the emission results. In Vantaa, the traffic emissions decreased by 6%.
In addition, the emissions connected with electricity consumption continued to drop, which has been ongoing for longer. Behind this development is e.g. national cleaner electricity development. Vantaa is committed to the Finnish Energy Efficiency Agreement for Municipal Sector, with decrease of 7.5% of energy consumption during 2017-2025. Energy efficiency has been improved both in the old building stock, and especially in new construction.
Towards Carbon Neutral Vantaa 2030
The greenhouse gas emissions of Vantaa have been decreasing for the past 10 years. In 2020, Vantaa’s greenhouse gas emissions were approximately 883 thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2-eq). Vantaa aims for carbon neutrality in 2030, and by then the emissions should be 215 thousand tonnes of CO2-eq.
The climate actions of Vantaa are guided by the Roadmap to Resource Wisdom, which includes the measures needed to reach carbon neutrality. It includes four lanes, which are energy consumption and production, urban structure and transport, consumption and materials, and the responsible citizen. In the centre of action are circular economy, renewable energy, and environmentally responsible inhabitants and companies.
The Emissions Calculations of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area
The Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY calculates every year the greenhouse gas emissions in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The calculation is based on the consumption in the area; however, it does not include the indirect emissions of consumer goods, such as food or construction products.
More information: Vantaa’s Roadmap to Resource Wisdom (pdf)