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Energy Globe Award

With more than 170 participating countries and over 1500 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award 2016

Submitted by: The Finnish Environment Institute
The Carbon Neutral Municipalities project (HINKU)

Global warming and climate change may be one of the greatest threats facing the planet. This caused the launch of the Carbon Neutral Municipalities (HINKU in Finnish) project. Several Finnish municipalities have committed themselves to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions more extensively and more rapidly than would be required according to current EU targets, and eventually to become carbon neutral. The municipalities have committed to reduce GHG emissions in their area by 80% by 2030 compared to the GHG emissions for 2007. Currently 26 Finnish municipalities are involved and more are likely to come. The HINKU project is coordinated by the Finnish Environment Institute which is a national environmental research center under the Ministry of the Environment. The project brings in a unique way municipalities, businesses, residents and experts together to devise and tailor new cost-effective solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at municipal level. All actions and procurements have been tailored for each municipality taking into account their strengths and economical profitability. The aim is to create “win-win-win” situations where efforts to mitigate climate change give full consideration to economic, environmental and social factors. Since 2007 the HINKU municipalities have reduced their GHG emission by 7-67% (on average 20%). Changes have been achieved especially in energy production and energy consumption of municipal buildings. It can be seen as a package of many potential tools to tackle climate change: e.g. boosting of renewable energy, establishing a variable energy saving pilot project, carrying out surveys, arranging various climate-related events, doing joint acquisitions, outlining road maps and much more. Sharing of information and close cooperation with various stakeholders have a pronounced role. Through this project municipalities have created jobs while reducing their emissions and simultaneously improving their energy self-sufficiency. Most of the cut is due to positive changes in energy sector, i.e. in emissions caused by electricity use and fossil fuel consumption. A steady wave from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources has taken place in many municipalities.

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Global warming and climate change may be one of the greatest threats facing the planet. This year´s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Finland brings in a unique way municipalities, businesses, residents and experts together to devise and tailor new cost-effective solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at municipal level. The municipalities have committed to reduce GHG emissions in their area by 80% by 2030 compared to the GHG emissions for 2007. Congratulations to your initiative!