The Port of Helsinki joined the Climate Partners network of the City of Helsinki and businesses, signing the commitment on 31 October 2018. The network already includes over 80 large operators. The Port of Helsinki takes responsibility for its environment and participates in making Helsinki a carbon neutral city.
In the commitment, the Port defined the actions it will take to mitigate climate change:
- We will deepen the Vuosaari Harbour fairway. This will make it possible for more energy-efficient and low-emission vessels per cargo unit to enter and be moored at the harbour.
- We will promote measures such as the bunkering of vessels that run on liquefied natural gas and also survey the refuelling possibilities of other low-emission fuels.
- We will promote the use of onshore power during port visits to decrease noise and exhaust emissions, among other things.
- We will continue the pricing pilot started in 2017. This will enable environmental discounts on vessel charges.
- We will increase our own energy-efficiency by changing our field lighting to LED lighting that is controlled on demand and improving our tracking of heat consumption, among other things.
– Mitigating global warming is a massive challenge and requires cooperation between the public and private sectors. In addition to good politics, we need the contribution and transformative power of businesses. The Port of Helsinki functions as a busy hub of international traffic, and we take responsibility for our environment. We continuously improve the energy-efficiency of our operations, but we are also committed to strongly influencing the mitigation of the environmental impact of our entire field of operation, says the Port’s CEO Ville Haapasaari on the background of joining Climate Partners.
Forerunners in mitigating climate change
The City of Helsinki aims to become carbon neutral by 2035 and will enhance cooperation in climate change mitigation with businesses. Helsinki’s Climate Partners network was joined by 22 new businesses and organisations on 31 October. A total of over 80 large operators are already involved in the network. The Climate Partners commit to participating in making Helsinki carbon neutral and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions with objectives and means that the companies choose for themselves.
In addition to the Port of Helsinki, the new Climate Partners are: Accenture, Alko, Assemblin, Fiskars, Flow Festival, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Parish Union of Helsinki, HSL, HSY, Kotipizza Group, Lidl Finland, Meira, OP Group, IBM Finland, Slush, Finnish Fair Corporation, Telia Finland, UPM, Urheiluhallit, Valio and WSP Finland.
Climate Partners is a cooperation network between the City of Helsinki and businesses in Helsinki with the objective of mitigating climate change and promoting cooperation between the members of the network. In addition to businesses, the network includes institutions of higher education, associations and other operators. The Climate Partners network is coordinated by the City of Helsinki. Businesses and other organisations that operate in Helsinki and wish to be forerunners in mitigating climate change are invited to join the Climate Partners.