Energy-efficient urban planning

Zoning and construction

The energy efficiency of the built environment plays a decisive role in climate change mitigation.

Porvoo is a forerunner in energy-efficient urban planning. The city has done ground-breaking work together with its partners, developed the city planning process and sought new sustainable solutions for energy management, energy-efficient building, traffic arrangements and land use.

The City of Porvoo will continue the development work started in the Skaftkärr project and will make its urban structure more compact by means of energy-efficient urban planning.

The new Toukovuori and Kevätlaakso residential areas have been planned and designed in such a way that the buildings, environment, traffic arrangements and services function as energy-efficiently as possible. A new energy-efficient neighbourhood is being built in Skaftkärr, Porvoo, which will be the home of approximately 6,000 residents. The entire neighbourhood is planned and built in such a way that the buildings, environment, traffic arrangements and services function as energy-efficiently as possible.

Traffic and routes

The community structure has a significant impact on traffic emissions. When the community structure is compact and harmonious, built areas can be utilised most efficiently and the need to convert forests into land used for construction decreases.

Porvoo will develop the urban structure to be more energy-efficient and reduce the community costs of traffic. The zoning projects assess the future division between modes of transport in the area, finding out about means to reduce car traffic and increase the attraction of walking, cycling and public transport. An energy-efficient urban structure with short distances makes wise transport choices easy.