At the gates of the wild and unknown Lapland, in the northernmost corner of the Baltic sea community was established in the Kemijoki delta driven by need for quality lumber. The small city was founded in 1869 by a decree of the Russian Emperor Alexander II due to its proximity with a deep water harbor. Saw mills produced pulp and paper factories on both sides of the city along with the surrounding wood processing industry brought employment and welfare to entire Lapland Province.
Now it’s our turn to act in diminshing our environmental impact, and start a new journey towards a greener and more sustainable city. Though we are not the first to take such measures we hope that our success will inspire for others to follow suit.
We are creating a new city: cleaner, healthier, sustainable, economically balanced and decarbonized city; a city that follows the guidelines of the environmental standard ISO 14001:2015 will by the end of this decade have a solid environmental policy and programme.
A healthy and clean environment is the basis for human life. The ecological and low-carbon solutions of the city improve the environment and create equally healthy living conditions for all its citizens, regardless of gender or age.
In order to slow down climate change and the damage it will cause, actions are being taken on various levels: Finland has committed to adhere to the Paris Agreement, Agenda2030 of UN and Strategy of Baltic Sea region. We have taken these first steps and the City of Kemi is following national and international environmental commitments.
Our goal is to raise awareness of environmental issues and requirements of ISO 14001 environmental standard. Our city council has already declared ”Green Kemi” operation model as part of the city’s strategy. Our environmental programme is designed broadly enough in its structure to implement in other cities as well. The aim is to get all the policies, guidelines and interest groups of the city to act consistently in compliance with sustainable development and decarbonization.
We start by using ecological benchmarks in acquisitions and by including green principles in our policy-making process. The services and operations of the city will be monitored, and the best suitable ecological practices will be sought, examined and developed. A wide introduction of the new Environmental Programme of Kemi is an important way to influence thinking of stakeholders towards low-carbon and sustainable development operations. In addition, an indicator to measure carbon footprint (e.g. CDP) will be taken into use.
These decisions will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the environmental load of the Baltic Sea. In addition, sustainable public acquisitions enable positive development of domestic and neighboring markets. New innovations, and thus new companies may arise. Co-operation and networks between various stakeholders and the city will increase. And employment in the area is also improving, as is the economical welfare. Sustainable development of Kemi promotes and enlarges further the co-operation between the city and the local bio- and circular-economy industries. Organization of the city of Kemi embraces a resource-wise and environmentally friendly way to act. With Lean thinking model and Wise Kemi -initiatives a mutually supportive entity is constituted.
We invite you to follow us to a journey of how a small, industrialized city of Kemi develops into ecologically, socially and economically sustainable city.
Green and sustainable Kemi
Mrs Eija Kinnunen
Mobile +358 (0)40 161 6590
Green and sustainable Kemi
Ms Sari Moisanen
Mobile +358 (0)40 587 7153