Urban climate policy and the Nordic potential for carbon neutrality – the case study of city of Helsinki

Katarzyna Dośpiał-Borysiak

ORCID: Katarzyna Dośpiał-Borysiak: 0000-0003-0425-9987

Pages: 57-76

Edition: Lublin 2021

DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2021.3.3

Citation method: K. Dośpiał-Borysiak, Urban climate policy and the Nordic potential for carbon neutrality – the case study of city of Helsinki, „Rocznik Instytutu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej” 19(2021), z. 3, s. 57-76, doi: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2021.3.3.

Abstract: The aim of this article is to discuss urban climate policies, with a special focus on Helsinki, the fast growing capital of Finland. The preconditionfor the study is that metropolitan areas in Finland hold a central place fornational climate policies due to their population and economic impact. Thecase study proves that the city, which had disadvantageous conditions for climatesolutions in the early 90’s, has successfully remodelled its approach andpresently joins the group of world cities declaring carbon neutrality in comingyears. The change was possible due to a favourable political climate, a multistakeholderand inclusive approach, public involvement, and the correlationbetween public and private initiatives. The study is based on statistical data,institutional analysis, and a comparison of the strategic documents of the cityof Helsinki in the area of climate planning.


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