Supporting the carbon-neutrality goals of the owner cities

Länsimetro Oy supports its owners’, the cities of Espoo and Helsinki, goal of being carbon-neutral cities by 2030. Read more about Espoo’s goals and Helsinki’s goals.

A key means for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in cities is to offer a sustainable transport option. The Helsinki region’s metro is the backbone of west-east public transport. Länsimetro’s metro infrastructure is a key part of the metro line. Transporting high volumes of people, metro transport is environmentally friendly and efficient compared to transport that relies on fossil fuels. The metro also enables the development of a dense urban structure alongside the metro tracks. As the owner of the metro infrastructure and with its expertise, Länsimetro Oy contributes to ensuring that the metro remains an attractive, safe and efficient transport option, and that the metro infrastructure serves customers for decades to come.

Länsimetro is involved in the City of Espoo’s Voluntary Local Review (VLR) report. VLR is a city-level voluntary sustainable development report which assesses how a city promotes the UN’s Agenda2030 sustainable development goals. Read more about the City of Espoo’s Voluntary Local Review (VLR).

Energy audits are carried out in the properties owned by Länsimetro in an effort to develop energy efficiency, including reducing carbon dioxide emissions, lowering energy consumption and generating cost savings. The audits form the basis for identifying cost-effective energy-saving measures and emission reductions.

Focus on the environment

Länsimetro carries out environmental monitoring in accordance with its environmental permits, covering the areas impacted by the rail line and stations it owns at all phases of their life cycle. The purpose is to take the environment into account and minimise the environmental impacts of the metro infrastructure.

The West Metro runs in a deep underground tunnel for its entire length, so the rail line has no direct environmental impacts and causes minimal noise to the surrounding environment. The metro causes minor vibrations, which do not affect the integrity of the aboveground structures.