Turku has set the goal of being carbon neutral in 2029 and from then on sequestering more carbon than the region produces emissions. The goal is challenging and cannot be achieved by the city’s actions alone. Residents, companies, and communities are needed for emission reductions!
We at the Port of Turku have been doing systematic environmental work for a long time. Mitigation of climate change as part of the carbon-neutral Turku urban area is one of the central goals of our environmental program that extends until 2025. The aim of this goal is to reduce greenhouse emissions by 40% in the period 2008-2025.
Our goal is to minimize the environmental impact of our operations on land, sea, and air. Our environmental program works in the same direction according to the city’s climate plan; the goal is a carbon-neutral Turku. In all our activities, we consider the Turku city’s climate plan and the European Union’s “Fit for 55” goals.
We joined the Turku climate team in June, and our own climate action is to move towards carbon neutrality by investing in the use of renewable energy and the electrification of operations. The electricity used by the port has been tendered as renewable. The vehicle fleet has been changed to electric within the framework offered by the market, regarding both vans and other work machines. In addition, charging stations for electric cars have been added in the harbor area. In those vehicles where electrification is not possible, biodiesel will be used.
“Climate work must be at the center of everything we do. It often means investments, but they do pay for themselves,” encourages our technical director Markku Alahäme, who is also responsible for the Port’s environmental and responsibility issues.