I am pleased and delighted to welcome the LUCI Annual General Meeting to Helsinki. You have chosen the optimal time to visit our city.
Helsinki is expanding faster than ever before with the construction of completely new districts. For example, Kruunuvuorenranta, a residential community under development at the site of a former oil terminal, will be profiled as a neighbourhood of light.
Outdoor lighting will be an important part of this process as the City of Helsinki aims to build sustainable, safe and pleasant neighbourhoods, where people can enjoy both work and leisure. Our northern location makes the city ideal for innovative lighting schemes, following the long winter period.
In new outdoor lighting projects, we highlight the importance of sustainability and energy efficiency. Consequently, the total energy consumption of outdoor lighting in Helsinki has decreased by 25% since 1997, while the number of lighting points has increased by 19%.
I look forward to sharing experiences and best practices in this extremely interesting field and to welcoming you in Helsinki.
Mayor of Helsinki