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EU GPP case study: Electricity from 100% renewable sources for Turku (Finland)
Despite the City of Turku’s ambitious plans of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per capita by 2020 by 30%, compared to 1990 levels, a rise in population resulted in a peak in emissions levels at the turn of the millennium. As a result, the City Council decided to set its procurement of electricity on a new course, sourcing all their requirements from renewable energy. Turku’s new contract – covering all electricity the City purchases – began in 2013. An interesting result of the tendering process was that the green electricity requirement had a minor impact on the purchase price, thus encouraging the city to continue seeking green procurement. Its electricity is now produced from 100% certified renewable sources. Turku's GHG emissions are expected to decrease by 31,000 tonnes a year (2% of total emissions). In terms of the origin, a large proportion of the electricity provided under the contract is generated by hydropower, but part of the mix used by the energy company also includes wind and biomass.
English
Finland
Energy
European Commission - Directorate General Environment
2013