12. City of Tampere

Sustainable consuming

Background: Recycling and utilisation of materials promote circular economy, that seeks to create economic value from a smaller amount of materials, and to preserve the materials and the value of them in the economy as long as possible. In practice, this means enhancing material efficiency, prolonging the lifespan of products and also reducing emissions as the consuming of natural resources is reduced. The greenhouse gas emissions, caused by consuming, are significant. Because of this, it is important to reduce consuming and move on to sustainable and emission reducing ways of consuming. For example, food production causes a big part of the emissions around consuming. Sustainable consuming is only possible if there are sustainable products and services on the market.

Challenge: How to get people to change their consumption habits into something more sustainable? How to integrate sustainable and economical urban food production into a part of urban planning? How to plan the landscaping of regions in a new way that promotes circular economy?

Tampere aims to be carbon neutral by 2030. This means that Tampere will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent compared to 1990 levels and that the remaining 20 per cent will be compensated by increasing carbon sinks, such as forests and green areas.

The programme is particularly aimed at reducing emissions from urban planning, housing, mobility, energy and consumption. In addition to the city group, key collaborators include Tampere-based businesses, associations and residents. The programme specifies measures as jointly agreed between the involved parties and launches projects to implement them.