A city in full economic and demographic expansion, Tampere is looking for ways to reduce its energy consumption and CO2 emissions in order to achieve its 2050 carbon neutrality goals. The city has chosen to invest in cogeneration, high buildings efficiency standards and integrated data. Now citizens and businesses are joining in.

Tampere is fostering the use of renewable energy in district heating and cooling and at the same time reducing its CO2 emissions and dependence on foreign fossil fuels, such as natural gas and oil. Finland’s biggest wood pellet district heating plant is in operation since 2013 and Tampere is currently building another large wood powered district heating plant. A new waste-to-energy CHP plant has started operating this year and fuel will be collected mainly from households. Already in 2014, CO2 emissions by district heating had been decreased by 27% since 1990 and the share of renewables in energy production increased from 6% in 2000 to 25% in 2014. In total CO2 emissions in Tampere have decreased by 15% since 1990.

Tampere is also investing on improving energy efficiency in buildings. The city empowers citizens to reduce energy consumption by installing smart meters at all homes. In addition, it offers 50% reduction in plot rent for five years, when the new building uses 30% less energy than required by building regulations. Furthermore, the city provides free energy advice and a web tool for planning eco-efficient refurbishment and construction of homes for the citizens.

It’s not only home owners, tenants and the municipality who contribute to lowering Tampere’s energy consumption: everyone can chip in! Following this idea, Tampere decided to open up its data and involve businesses, researchers and many regional agencies in the local ITS Factory. It allows the whole community to make the best of the city’s integrated systems by creating new mobility services for residents and implementing a wide array of jointly-developed pilot projects. 2,000 professional and amateur weekly users are now part of this growing community aiming to take advantage of Tampere’s smart and integrated infrastructure to make the city cleaner and offer citizens a better quality of life.

In the framework of the Covenant of Mayors, Tampere has committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 30% by 2020.

Discover the city’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan on the Covenant of Mayors website.

Writer: Floriane Cappelletti, Communication Manager at the Covenant of Mayors Office.

The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory.