The city aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy production and transport by at least 40 percent by 2030. To achieve the climate goal, the city has joined the Covenant of Mayors and will draw up the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) required by the agreement during 2020. In addition, the city is participating in a five-year MAtchUP project funded by the European Commission.
Covenant of Mayors and SECAP
Covenant of Mayors is the world's largest program of climate and energy measures, in which European local governments voluntarily commit to emission reductions set by the EU and draw up an action plan to achieve emission reductions. At the same time, the city is preparing for the climate goals set by the state in the near future for carbon-neutral Finland.
The practical measures implementing the city's strategy are aimed at increasing renewable and zero-emission energy production, reducing energy consumption and reducing transport emissions, as they account for a significant share of Kerava's CO2 emissions. It is also important to reduce the carbon footprint of the city organization and to encourage Kerava residents to take action on climate change.
Representatives of the city's various industries and stakeholders, such as Keravan Energia, are involved in the planning and implementation of measures under the SECAP agreement. Planning for the measures has begun in the fall of 2019.
The purpose of the MAtchUP project is to test and replicate good climate change mitigation measures related to, among other things, mobility and energy use and production, and to develop the intelligence of related systems. The seven European cities participating in the project pioneered the development and testing of various measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition to Kerava, Dresden, Valencia, Antalya, Ostend, Herzliya, and Skopje are developing and testing measures in the MAtchUP project, which began in 2017. The project received funding from the European Commission and was conditional on accession to the Covenant of Mayors and the development of a SECAP action plan.
Measures are divided into four entities in MAtchUp
More new energy solutions are sought in the Energy Entity, with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of buildings, improving the use of renewable energy sources in energy production and introducing energy management systems that are connected to energy storage systems.
The Mobility Entity seeks solutions for easy mobility. New e-mobility solutions will be introduced for the transport of both people and goods. Key measures include increasing the use of electric cars, introducing charging stations for electric bikes, cars and buses, and strategically combining different modes of transport.
IT solutions that improve urban planning, infrastructure control and maintenance are developed in the IT Entity, as well as the use of energy production for buildings and transportation solutions.
Residents and companies are involved in the Residents Entity in planning, and co-operation with neighboring cities and other Finnish Smart Cities is done.
Program manager, climate actions
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