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  • Reduce and Refuse, Recycle and Replace – Plastics Roadmap for Finland 2018-10-16
    The Plastics Roadmap for Finland, prepared by a cooperation group appointed for this purpose, has been submitted to Minister Tiilikainen. The roadmap is the first step towards a new, sustainable plastic economy. Of the more than 100 proposals made, the roadmap now presents a set of key actions to find solutions to challenges caused by plastics.
  • Arctic Council meeting of environment ministers ends with talks about future cooperation 2018-10-12
    The Arctic Environment Ministers’ meeting held in Rovaniemi 11-12 October ended with discussions about cooperation in addressing climate change, protecting biodiversity and preventing pollution in the Arctic region.
  • Finland hosts an Arctic Environment Super Week in Rovaniemi 2018-10-05
    One of the largest events of Finland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council takes place in Rovaniemi next week as the Arctic Biodiversity Congress brings about 450 experts on Arctic affairs to the city. At the same time Finland is also hosting the Arctic Environment Ministers’ meeting.
  • Earth Overshoot Day is today 2018-08-01
    Today, Wednesday, 1 August, people have used up all the resources the Earth can regenerate. It takes us only seven months to exhaust the natural resources that should last for the whole year. The biggest reasons for the overshoot are related to animal-based food production and to greenhouse gas emissions arising from transport and housing.
  • UN follow-up Forum on Sustainable Development - Finland to focus on Arctic cooperation 2018-07-06
    The UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) will convene in New York from 9 to 18 July 2018. The annual forum reviews progress in attaining the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) (2030 Agenda) that were adopted in 2015. Finland’s focus will be on sustainable development of the Arctic region.
  • Finland to chair the Helsinki Commission – Aiming for an ambitious and feasible Baltic Sea Action Plan 2018-07-02
    The key task for Finland’s Chairmanship is to update the Baltic Sea Action Plan. Also on the agenda is the preparation of a regional nutrient recycling strategy for the Baltic Sea and further analysis of the impacts of climate change in the area.
  • Tiilikainen: EU needs an ambitious Long-term Climate Strategy, zero emissions by 2050 as the target 2018-06-25
    ”The EU must aim for zero emissions by 2050, and our target to 2030 must be on the path towards this. This should form the basis for the Long-term Climate Strategy and preparations of the EU for the Katowice Climate Change Conference”, said Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing of Finland, in Luxembourg on Monday.
  • Minister Tiilikainen to the EU Environment Council - Finland calls for stricter emission standards for new vehicles 2018-06-24
    The Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing Kimmo Tiilikainen attends the meeting of the EU Environment Council in Luxembourg on Monday 25 June. The topics on the agenda include the CO2 standards for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles and the Drinking Water Directive. The ministers will also adopt the Conclusions on the Circular Economy Action Plan, including the EU Strategy for Plastics.
  • Demand for water expertise increases across the world – Cooperation between public and private sectors the key to growth of business for Finland 2018-06-12
    The demand for solutions that recycle and save water is growing dramatically and food production is increasing in water areas. When the public and private sectors engage in goal-oriented collaboration, Finland can offer competitive solutions to the world's challenges. The priority areas of research and expertise supporting sustainable business activities in the blue bioeconomy have been defined in wide-ranging cooperation. The Ministerial working group on the bioeconomy and clean solutions appro
  • More than 8 000 hectares of new protected areas to Finland as 100th anniversary gifts 2018-05-30
    The campaign My Nature Gift to the Centenarian organised to celebrate Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence encouraged landowners to designate their sites for protection during 2017. The surface area of these new areas totalled 3 064 hectares. In addition to this, the municipalities protected 1 980 hectares of their lands. Now the State has also selected the sites where, in accordance with the campaign pledge, it will double the number of hectares covered by private protection decisions.
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