Environmental responsibility

Finland is dependent on foreign trade, and most of it is carried out by sea.  The Port of Helsinki is an important traffic hub in Finland at the meeting point of the marine environment and the city. Responsibility for environmentally sustainable port operations is at the core of our daily work.
We continuously improve the energy-efficiency of our operations, but we are also committed to strongly influencing the mitigation of the environmental impact of our entire field of operation. We also take responsibility for our operating environment. 

South Harbour, West Harbour and Vuosaari Harbour have environmental permits in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act that guide their operations. The purpose of the permits is to regulate noise and emissions levels and waste management in the port areas. The port cannot operate without the environmental permits, and everyone operating in the port area must comply with the permit conditions. 

The Environmental Permits set a minimum level for the operations, but the goals are much higher than that.

The Port of Helsinki reports on the achievement of its responsibility and sustainable development goals as a part of its annual reporting.


A carbon-neutral port

Together with its owner, City of Helsinki, the Port of Helsinki is committed to implementing the Carbon-neutral Helsinki 2035 action plan. 

The Port’s carbon neutrality goals in brief

  • Reducing vessel emissions by at least 25%.
  • Reducing emissions from heavy traffic by 60%.
  • Reducing emissions from the machinery in the port areas by 60%.
  • With regard to its own emissions, the Port of Helsinki will be completely carbon-neutral by 2035.

Learn more about the Carbon-Neutral Port 2035 manifesto of the Port of Helsinki.

The programme, which operates on a tangible level, contains dozens of different measures to promote carbon neutrality. Decisive implementation of the programme is a joint effort by the entire Port of Helsinki.

Graph: Port area CO2 emissions 2020.
In 2020, the total amount of emissions was 76,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide. The vessels arriving at and departing from the port are responsible for approximately 80% of the annual total emissions of the port area.


CO2-vapaata sähköä kulutusvuodelle 2020
The goal of the port is to reduce its energy consumption drastically and acquire the remaining necessary energy from carbon-neutral energy sources.