Tampere received international acknowledgement for its climate action – journey to the awards ceremony was made by land
Tampere made the A list of the Carbon Disclosure Project for the first time. The list includes only 122 cities from all over the world. The acknowledgement is a sign of leadership in climate action and environmental work. However, there is still work to do before the emissions targets are reached.
Tampere has reported its climate emissions, climate plans and sustainability goals in the open database of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) since 2021. More than 1,000 cities from all over the world already participate in the reporting. CDP's platform is in even wider use in companies: 18,000 companies already submit reports covering more than half of the global market capitalisation.
Only cities and companies whose operation meets certain criteria are named to the A list. At the moment, the A list has as many as five cities from Finland, which shows the perseverance and ambition of the climate action of Finnish cities.
- Tampere has constantly increased investments in climate action and the city set pioneering in climate action as one of its goals as early as in 2010. It is great to receive an official acknowledgement for the work we have done. Tampere is a dynamic city in this matter as well, says Elina Seppänen, Energy and Climate Specialist at the City of Tampere.
-We should remember that there is a lot of work to do before the actual emission targets have been reached. But we are in a good position to continue our work.
On 16 February, a prize ceremony was organised in Paris for representatives of the cities and companies that made the A list. Elina Seppänen, who represented the City of Tampere, travelled to the event by ferry and train. The climate emissions of the chosen way of travelling were only one tenth of the emissions caused by flying.
- By travelling this way, we also had time to network with the representatives of the cities on the way. The destinations on this trip were Malmö, Hamburg and Freiburg in Germany. When it comes to the climate emissions of traffic, all these cities struggle with the same problems. By actively exchanging ideas and experiences, it is possible to work for the climate even more efficiently, Seppänen explains.