Cooperation between the City of Helsinki and businesses
The Climate Partners is a network for companies that want to collaborate in making Helsinki carbon neutral. The companies that join Climate Partners sign the Climate Commitment together with the Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment Anni Sinnemäki. Each company specifies its own environmental goals.
The objective of Climate Partners is to:
1. Create new operating methods and new business opportunities
2. Increase new and innovative ways of cooperation to reduce emissions in the city area
3. Operate visibly and to actively provide information about the results
4. Share knowledge on best possible practices
What does the Climate Commitment mean?
Climate Partners’ members themselves define their organization’s goals in relation to controlling climate change in the near future. The goals should be aimed at improving the current situation and should outweigh the current legislation. The company can focus on any topic it wants to – e.g. energy savings, energy efficiency, increasing the efficiency of logistics, environmentally friendly procurements, waste treatment or enhancing the commitment of personnel.
What are the benefits of Climate Partners network?
The pioneering companies are introduced in the website and communication. The network creates new operating methods which enable a more responsible approach to entrepreneurship and cooperation with other operators. At the annual seminar, the companies get a chance to introduce their own good practices to other members of the network. It is also possible to organize events associated with the network in the companies’ own premises.
How is the network operated?
The Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment Anni Sinnemäki signs the climate commitments on behalf of the City of Helsinki. Deputy Mayor Pekka Sauri serves as Chairperson of the network, and the network is coordinated by the City of Helsinki Environment Services together with the City of Helsinki Economic Development Division. Every year, the City of Helsinki Environment Services gathers information about the implementation of commitments from network members. It is also possible for institutions like universities, colleges and other organizations to participate in the operation of the network as ’supporting’ members. In addition to the annual seminar, the network organizes workshops on logistics and energy conservation, for example. Climate Partners can also contact the coordinator directly and offer suggestions on network operation.