Finland’s Lahti named Europe’s 4th most sustainable city

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The Finnish city of Lahti has been named Europe’s 4th most sustainable city by Corporate Knights, an award-winning sustainable economy magazine.

Mayor of Lahti Pekka Timonen stated on social media: ‘’The International Corporate Knights today released a ranking of the world’s 100 most sustainable cities. Stockholm was the best, but Lahti rose to 4th place – and was of course number one in Finland.’’

‘’Lahti’s long-term climate and environmental work is now world-famous. Action as European Environment Capital 2021 further accelerated it. Next, we are going to be carbon neutral already in 2025,’’ the mayor of the Finnish city further stated.

Lahti is regarded as one of Finland’s greenest cities and a leader in the Nordic countries sustainability initiatives. It was also named the European Green Capital for 2021 by the European Commission, making it the first Finnish city to receive this honour.

In the aftermath, the city situated 100 kilometres north-east of the capital Helsinki gained long-term prominence as one of the leaders for creative environmental solutions in Europe. Lahti continues to up its environmental and sustainability work even today.

The Sustainable Cities Index by Corporate Knight assessed 50 global cities based on air quality, emissions, renewable energy, and other sustainability factors.

The Swedish capital Stockholm was ranked first and proudly carries the title of the most sustainable city on the old continent. Stockholm was followed by another two northern European capitals, Oslo and Copenhagen.

In the Sustainable Cities Index, European cities occupy the six leading positions, with London being the only city outside Nordic countries to rank within the top five. At the same time, the entire top three of Europe’s most sustainable cities in this research is led by female mayors.

According to the magazine, their research section has seeded the quantitative, outcomes-focused index with an initial set of 50 cities using public data, which will grow when new cities submit their information. (photo credit: wikipedia)