About Carbon neutral Turku
Turku is a city on the southwest coast of Finland, at the mouth of the Aura River in the region of Southwest Finland (Varsinais-Suomi). It is a regional capital and a vital business and cultural center. Turku has a population of 190000, increasing at 0.9% per annum, making it the sixth largest city in Finland. There over 330,192 inhabitants living in the Turku sub-region, ranking it the third largest urban area in Finland.
Turku is an entirely climate-proof city that can prepare for the risks and effects efficiently. Turku’s forests and green areas are also a notable strength, as they bind carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and help neutralize the impact of sudden high precipitation rates. The aspects on which the city needs to focus are: increasing and frequent climate extremes, increased possibility of storms and floods, rising sea level and forest fires.
Turku implements strong climate policy and strives to be an internationally recognized and acknowledged pioneer and developer of sustainable solutions and expertise. Turku is already an internationally desirable partner and a city sharing its experience with others – a climate city with global visibility. Turku has what it takes to become one of the best climate cities in the world and it is our vision to turn Turku into the best. This calls for strong actions and a shared story that must be passed on
Turku is Proactively and Reactively Combating Climate Change
Cities across the globe are facing a new wave of challenges including rapid urbanization, climate change, digitalization and the pressure of citizens. As a city where the history and the present seamlessly coexist, Turku is not oblivious of these challenges and responds both preemptively and reactively. The climate actions in Turku recognize that local decisions have global impacts. It is in this manner that Turku responds to the global challenges associated with climate change.