In 2021, Climate Leadership Coalition started a development project for cities and regions to define and describe how cities and regions can develop their carbon handprint whilst simultaneously promoting sustainable growth. Carbon handprint refers to the positive climate impact of using a product or service compared to other products or services in the same category.

The developed concept was completed by LUT University and it is now available to cities and regions within Finland and the EU, as well as internationally. The project was funded by Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council. Please click on this link to view the manual.

Today, many cities are working hard to reduce their carbon footprints. Of the cities and towns belonging to the Climate Leadership Coalition network, Lahti aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2025, Turku by 2029, and Espoo, Porvoo and Tampere by 2030 and Ii and Pori have committed to 80% emissions reductions by 2030 compared with 2007.

Cities can offer assets – for example buildings, infrastructure, and land – for use as pilot facilities for new solutions. Cities and regions can accelerate demand for new products and services via public procurement and other services and help innovators analyse problems and develop solutions using open data. Problems and ideas could be matched via shared innovation platforms and their development accelerated through crowdsourcing. New concepts and solutions can then be shared effectively via city and regional networks.

The Carbon Handprint Manual for cities and regions is now ready and as part of the project, it will be communicated to international networks and to cities in Finland and internationally. This is especially important for ongoing Green Deal Going Local measures by cities and regions. EU-level influence is targeted specifically at forerunner activities in cities and regions. The project also continues with the case of a global reference area from the ‘Sustainable Innovation Park’ in the Otaniemi-Keilaniemi area of Espoo, which will serve as a pilot for developing and scaling up innovations.

”In addition to aiming for climate neutrality, cities and regions can accelerate the development and commercialisation of products and services and create a positive carbon handprint, when these are applied at a wider level. Cities and regions aiming for this will attract investors and create new jobs. I am grateful to Uusimaa Regional Council for its support and happy that CLC member Espoo acted as the pilot in this project.” says Jouni Keronen, CEO of CLC.

”The Helsinki-Uusimaa Region has just set a stricter climate target of being carbon neutral as early as 2030. The region wants to be a forerunner and solution provider in climate work. Measuring the carbon handprint makes this work visible to municipalities, cities and businesses and is therefore an important part of measuring the effectiveness of climate work”, says Pia Tynys, Chief Adviser, Climate Change, Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council.

Climate Leadership Coalition is the largest climate business network in Europe. CLC is a non-profit association and its 89 organisational members employ 530,000 people globally. CLC’s corporate members represent almost 70 percent of the market cap of OMX Nasdaq Helsinki. CLC’s members believe that transitioning society towards a sustainable economy and consumption habits is not only possible but also economically viable.

More information: Jouni Keronen, CEO, Climate Leadership Coalition, +358 50 453 4881 and Senni Raunio, Specialist, Climate Leadership Coalition, +358 50 3512390