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Tampere and the region to reduce carbon print with digital pilot projects

Published 18.10.2016 15.10

The City of Tampere and eight other municipalities of the region participate in the Green Digital Charter related to the Eurocities climate declaration. To promote the goals of the charter, the Tampere Central Region is committed to carrying out five ICT pilot projects among the themes of the charter in five years’ time. The aim of these and other development actions is to reduce the carbon print caused by ICT by 30 percent in the next ten years.

Mayor Anna-Kaisa Ikonen signed the charter on Tuesday 18 October 2016 in connection with the meeting of Eurocities’ organisation’s Mobility and knowledge society forums at Tampere Hall. The City of Tampere accepted the charter on 26 September 2016. The Tampere region municipalities included in the data administration co-operation are also involved in the Green Digital Charter operations.

- “Our objective is that in 2025 the people of Tampere would mainly use digital services. Once the services are user-friendly and work smoothly, they make our lives easier and cut unnecessary red tape, use of time, energy consumption and traffic," says Mayor Anna-Kaisa Ikonen at the signing event.

As a concrete example of development projects in Tampere, she mentioned replacing the old outdoor lighting with LED lighting. The renewal means that the city can save up to 30 percent in electricity consumption by 2020, and even up to 60 percent in the longer run.

In addition to sustainable development, the aim of the development work is to prevent social exclusion and promote the benefits of the development to the local community and business sector. Central ways of reaching the targets include open innovation environments, enhancing the municipality residents’ electronic participation opportunities and strengthening the co-operation of the European Living Lab city centres.

Tampere is included in the Eurocities activities among other large Finnish cities. In 2009, Tampere joined the climate declaration and commitment by the Eurocities organisation. The Green Digital Charter (GDC) is related to the climate declaration and its goal is to promote sustainable development, energy efficiency and the reduction of the carbon footprint by using ICT.

Eurocities’ objective is to improve the quality of life of those living in the member cities through co-operation between the cities, sharing information and by together influencing city politics on a European Union level. The objectives are reached by influencing, networking and co-operation.

Additional information:

Chief Information Officer Jarkko Oksala, tel. +358 (0)50 558 8958

Director, Environmental Policy Kaisu Anttonen, tel. +358 (0)50 63698