In 2016, the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC) recognized the actions and commitment of the City of Espoo and its Mayor Jukka Mäkelä with its first Low-Carbon City and Low-Carbon Individual awards. This recognition reflects the history the Alliance shares with the City of Espoo and its Mayor, Mr. Mäkelä, who signaled an early and active interest in furthering sustainability when the City joined the Eco-Urban Living initiative, a precursor to the Alliance, and the Mayor himself committed to making the switch to an electric vehicle. The City has continued this interest over the years and was, in 2016, recognized as the world’s most sustainable city while Mayor Mäkelä has continued his pioneering EV adoption over the years, continuing to drive an electric vehicle.

As Mayor Mäkelä was unable to travel to Sanya, China for the 2016 spring forum, sending his video greetings to the gathered audience at the time. The award was officially handed over at the Ecosystem Internationalization day seminar the Alliance hosted together with Synocus and the support of Business Finland, Finland’s innovation support agency, on November 29th.

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(from left) Pasi Mikkonen, Fortum; Johan Wallin, Synocus; Jussi Hulkkonen, WALCC; and Jukka Mäkelä, City of Espoo

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