A pioneer in the green economy
In the Lappeenranta region, sustainable solutions are invested in with an open mind. A green Lappeenranta is an important strategic objective for the city, from the point of view of residential comfort and industrial policy alike. With its commitment to ambitious environmental objectives, the City of Lappeenranta offers a great environment for businesses operating in the fields of energy technology and environmental engineering.
Lappeenranta is the first EKOenergy city in the world. Only electricity labelled as ecoenergy is used at the city’s properties. In addition, the WWF chose Lappeenranta as the climate capital of Finland in 2014. In 2016, Lappeenranta was the only Finnish city taking part in the competition, coming 18th in the overall results.
The Lappeenranta University of Technology is a pioneer in research related to energy and the environment. LUT is the largest university in Finland offering tuition in the fields of energy technology and environmental engineering, and also the country’s only university with an environmental certificate. In summer 2013, LUT was named the best university in the Excellence in Campus category in the global Sustainable Campus Excellence Award competition. Winners were selected on the basis of actions promoting sustainable development and green technology. The city collaborates closely with educational institutes that carry out research. This research is then utilised in urban development. Representatives of the energy sector in Lappeenranta have made significant investments in environmentally friendly energy production. Lappeenranta is home to companies such as Kaukaan Voima Oy, a bioenergy plant producing renewable energy.
Lappeenranta is the largest Finnish city that has joined the HINKU network of carbon neutral municipalities. The aim is to reduce emissions by 80% by 2030. As a member of the FISU network of resource-smart pioneering cities, Lappeenranta aims to be carbon-neutral and waste-free, and to ensure sustainable consumption by 2050. The city is preparing for the deployment of a pilot plant producing composite products, and a pioneering plant producing renewable methane for use as vehicle fuel. Wirma supported Lappeenranta’s new waste water solution by including solutions developed at LUT in studies and by carrying out life cycle analyses for different waste water solutions, among other activities.