The Tampere City Strategy 2030 - Tampere, Best for you - includes a sustainability objective “The City of Tampere bears responsibility for well-being and the environment by acting in an ecologically, socially, culturally and economically sustainable manner.” and clear environmental objectives: “Tampere will be carbon neutral in 2030. As a city of sustainable growth, Tampere will value nature, conserve natural resources and reduce emissions." Tampere is renewing its city strategy during autumn 2021 and will align it with the SDG's for the first time. Tampere is drafting a Voluntary Local Review (VLR) on its sustainability actions to be submitted for UN in 2022.
The city of Tampere was selected as a finalist in the World Smart City Awards in 2020 in the Barcelona Smart City Expo. Tampere is focusing its Smart City development on creating a climate neutral and resilient city by and for citizens. The Carbon Neutral Tampere 2030 is a common goal to all city units in Tampere. Visit Tampere promotes this goal and is committed to sustainable growth in travel industry.
Visit Tampere’s goal is to minimize environmental effects of tourism and to strengthen the positive social, economic and cultural effects of tourism. We are taking part and actively promoting in the Sustainable Travel Finland program to our partners. The program provides the participants with a roadmap and comprehensive toolkit of sustainable approaches and choices.
Another central toolkit of our sustainability is Think Sustainably service which is based on MyHelsinki Think Sustainably service. It encourages local companies to take steps towards climate-friendlier future and helps the locals and visitors to make sustainable choices.
In addition to these we promote sustainability by training courses, events and communication with our partners and stakeholders. We see our natural environment, safety and sustainability as key elements of future success.
The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) provides a data-driven summary of the state of sustainability around the world. According to the EPI2020, which ranks 180 countries on environmental health and ecosystem vitality, Finland is in the TOP 10 and ranks number one in themes of air quality, sanitation and drinking water and water resources. EEA ranked Tampere 2nd in its European city air quality viewer 2021.
Tampere is a green city of lakes and ridges. One-fifth of the city’s land area is green space, which includes forests and open areas in addition to built parks. Well-maintained green areas and forests are an integral part of the cityscape and improve the quality of life of Tampere residents. 24% of Tampere's area is water. There are several success stories of environmental protection, such as the purification of Tampere's key waterways and the improvement of air quality. Today 99% of waste is recovered either as material or energy, and only a small fraction of inert material is landfilled. Thanks to the bold nature conservation program, investment in nature conservation has been gratifying, and the upcoming biodiversity program takes us even further. A considerable amount of contaminated land has been remediated and stormwater management has been made an integral part of land use planning and implementation. Tampere will be carbon neutral by 2030 and great effort has been put to decarbonise local energy production where renewables cover already 50 %. Challenges lie in depletion of small waters and in particle peaks weakening air quality in the city center in spring time. The number of residents exposed to road traffic noise has not decreased but the percentage is significantly lower than e.g. in most of the European capitals. The growth of the city and the additional construction are putting constant pressure on the city's green network, which functions as a maintainer of natural values and a provider of recreational opportunities, is something to keep an eye on.
Think sustainably service offers specific sustainability criteria for events and meetings. Criteria include energy, food and service and social sustainability, among others. It is possible to join the service by fulfilling minimum amount of criteria. The service gives concrete examples of sustainable actions and leads the way for the continued development.
Most congresses in Tampere are organized by Tampere University and university events are organized in sustainable manner. Tampere Convention Bureau and City of Tampere Event office are committed to sustainable events and help and consult event organizers how to make sustainable choices in Tampere.
In early February 2021, the City of Tampere used a map-based survey to understand well-being in Tampere as experienced by its citizens. According to results, majority stated their quality of life and health as ‘good’ or ‘at least good’.
The City of Tampere is committed to making Tampere more equal. Equality and social sustainability are major themes in the city's cultural strategy. In Tampere, the initiatives for greater accessibility and equality include, for example, the Echo Card enabling cultural participation for persons with low income, and Tampere Junior reducing the inequalities in well-being of children, youth, and families. Participatory budgeting has also been trialled. The method allows residents to plan and decide how tax revenues will be used. In 2020 the theme of Tampere’s participatory budgeting was the well-being of children and young people.
As part of Tampere Region's bid to become the European Capital of Culture 2026, the EDAS Tool was developed. This digital platform allows cultural institutions and festivals to learn about equality.