Techical services

Responsibilities of the technical sector include significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, the technical sector has a wide-ranging opportunity to influence the municipality's emission balance. On the other hand, climate change causes major adaptation challenges for the sector.

Approximately half of Finland's greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the production of electricity and heat for residential, business and industrial use, whereas in waste management, the most important source of emissions is methane released from landfill sites. The methane that passes through the surface layers of landfill sites is about half of all Finland’s methane emissions. Three quarters of the emissions of water supply and sewerage services originates in sewage disposal and the rest from the manufacture of drinking water.

Approximately a fifth of the Finnish greenhouse gas emissions are produced by traffic, mainly road traffic. In turn, old forests that are typically used for recreational use and outdoor activities have a notably large and long-term carbon storage stored in the vegetation and soil. Sustainable planning can reduce both emissions and the vulnerability of communities to change. The key issue is to guarantee the operation of the focal infrastructure also in the future.

How to begin? Tips for the technical service sectors for mitigation and adaptation measures:

Energy supply  

The majority of the emission balance is solved with energy production selections.

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Waste management

Recycling waste as raw material saves energy.

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Traffic and streets

Climate change increas- es maintenance needs, emissions savings through competitive bidding.

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Forests and parks

Climate change increases the strain directed at the natural environment.

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Water supply and sewerage

Even waste water has great heat energy potential.

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