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ECO2 - Eco-efficient tampere 2020

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‘ECO2 – Eco-efficient Tampere 2020’ is a strategic project started by the City of Tampere in spring 2010. It implements the climate and energy objectives of the City of Tampere, as well as changing city development practices to promote a low-carbon and carbon-neutral urban structure and supporting sustainable businesses. With this programme Tampere aims to become a forerunner in climate policy.

‘ECO2’ coordinates and supports energy and climate actions of the different departments of the City of Tampere and initiates cooperation projects with business partners, universities, research institutes and civil society organisations. ‘ECO2’ project will continue until 2020 and its implementation in the start-up phase (2010-2012) is supported by Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund. There is clearly municipal cooperation as the project cooperates with other municipalities as well as on national level. And, it has already been decided that the project itself will continue as a strategic project of the city until 2020, when the full effects will be produced. And the project has the support of the high political leaders. So, the political support and the funding are secured until 2020 and there is close monitoring of the whole project. It is also cost-efficient and allows savings. This holistic approach spans several sectors such as buildings, water, technology and mobility.

The general goal is to reduce their emissions by more than 20% and increase the amount of renewable energy, at least to the level of 30% by 2020.

Although the project is young and has medium and long- term effects, its impact can already be seen in construction, in city biking, in passive houses, in private companies producing less CO2, in wooden passive houses and increased use of renewable energy. All new buildings being built will be passive houses or zero energy buildings (ZEB). Buildings account for 38% of CO2 emissions, compared to 36% for Industry and 26% for Transport (source: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Transforming the Market, 2009). The new light tramline that is planned as well as bike tracks will link the new areas to the city centre. The focus is on energy system (ground heat, solar heat, solar electricity, biomass), energy consumption and buildings, water treatment and biodiversity.

The ‘Eco-Efficient Tampere 2020 project’ is working closely with the EcoFellows Ltd for information, communication and campaigning. In this way, they can focus on content and leave the information and communication actions to this company. The EcoFellows Ltd. – Cooperation on behalf of the environment was set up in 2002 and produces information, guidance/counselling, educational, and expert services in the field of sustainable way of living and operating. Its board consists of the Director and representatives of the main city companies (water, waste and electricity (central administration and city traffic). This non profit company is committed to promoting sustainable way of living in all of its actions. EcoFellows Ltd. is nationally known as a forerunner in environmental matters.

Award info
Award category: going green
Award type: nominee
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Environment, climate change, agriculture (incl. food safety) and fishery
Type of activity:
Keywords: Climate change, eco-efficiency, sustainable mobility, renewable energy, sustainable construction, systemic change, cross-sectoral development, municipality, integrated design, holistic approach
Short English description: It implements the climate and energy objectives of the City of Tampere, as well as changing city development practices to promote a low-carbon and carbon-neutral urban structure and supporting sustainable businesses.
Further information
Organisation: City of Tampere
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.eco2.fi
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Finland
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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