Civil servants of the Ministry of the Environment pictured together with Minister of the Environment, Mr. Ville Niinistö (third from the right) and his Political Adviser, Mrs. Emma Kari (far right). Photo by Katariina Kovalainen, Ministry of the Environment.

Government approves proposal for a climate change act

The Government approved the proposal for an act on climate change on 5 June. The Climate Change Act will require an emissions reduction target of 80% by 2050. First and foremost, the act is intended to serve as a tool for the Government and Parliament to reach the emissions reduction targets in the most cost-efficient and systematic way possible. “Through the Climate Change Act, Finland strives to be at the forefront of building a successful low-carbon society", comments Minister of the Environment, Mr. Ville Niinistö.

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High level climate discussion at SuomiAreena: There is hope for a solution to the climate crisis

The panel discussion ‘Low-Carbon Future – From Pledges to Concrete Action’ convened by Minister of the Environment Ville Niinistö at the SuomiAreena event in Pori Finland laid groundwork for the high-level climate conference of the UN Secretary General, to be held in New York in September 2014.

The Ministry of the Environment’s Climate Panel in Pori brings together top-tier experts to discuss international climate policies and a low-carbon future

As this year’s main co-operation partner for the SuomiAreena event, the Ministry of the Environment will organise a climate-themed panel discussion at the Promenadikeskus building in Pori between 12:15 and 1:30 pm on 17 July. Minister of the Environment Ville Niinistö has invited prominent individuals from a variety of sectors to consider the challenges of international climate policy and the building blocks of a low-carbon future.
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Understanding the limits of our planet

Planetary boundaries is concept defining a science-based and safe operating space for human prosperity in a world with growing development needs and rising environmental risks. On the video, the Minister of the Environment of Finland, Mr. Ville Niinistö, discusses the topic further. Read more.