Lappeenranta’s strategic goal is to become a model for renewable energies and a clean living environment. The city supports companies by acting as a piloting platform for product development, providing the best test environments in the country. We are motivating our residents to adopt the latest technologies and to become pioneers in sustainable living.
The main thematic focus area of the growth agreement for the Lappeenranta-Imatra urban region, concluded between the State and the municipalities, is business models for carbon neutrality and the circular economy. As in the government’s flagship projects, growth is stimulated through cooperation between companies and higher education institutions.
Favourable conditions for international business operations and business development are created by Lappeenranta University of Technology and its specialisation in energy, an optimistic and innovative operating environment, the competence and friendliness of the local workforce and well-connected networks.
We, the 72,000 citizens of Lappeenranta, are working together to make our town a model of sustainable development and to demonstrate the functionality of modern environmental and energy solutions in the conditions of the North. Our university has brought state-of-the-art technology to the city, and our tourism industry is kept busy by eight million visitors each year, most of them from beyond the eastern border.
Finland’s Earth Hour Capital – Lappeenranta
- Lappeenranta is a centre of forest industry research, second generation biofuels, energy-efficiency and services
- The climate programme has already led to the achievement of the city’s emissions reduction target for 2020 ahead of schedule: a 38% reduction from the 1997 level by 2014. In addition, as Lappeenranta is a member of the HINKU network of Finnish carbon neutral municipalities, the City Council has set an emissions reduction target of 80% from the 2007 level by 2030.
- A roadmap towards resource wisdom, prepared in cooperation with Sitra and local key players, is guiding environment-oriented development work. Objectives: Clean water and air, no emissions.
- With Kaukaan Voima’s biopower plant, 40% of the city’s electricity and more than 50% of its district heat are produced without CO2 emissions
- The number of local bus users has been increasing for several years. Lappeenranta is Cycling City of the Year 2015
- Lappeenranta University of Technology is Finland’s largest technical university in the energy sector (40%). Lappeenranta’s Skinnarila campus is the greenest in Finland
We continue to build the energy cluster in our urban region and will gladly assist you in your efforts to become more sustainable.
The city of Lappeenranta has been awarded in the WWF’s National Earth Hour Capital campaign twice, in 2014 and 2016. The campaign is designed to stimulate investments in renewable energy. Read more about it here!
Welcome to a greener future!