Working group to prepare a Roadmap on Plastics

Press release 2018-04-03 at 10:13

A working group appointed by the Ministry of the Environment starts to think about solutions to challenges relating to plastics.

The task of the working group is to define and prioritise short and long term measures by which Finland will reduce the harm caused by plastic waste and litter, improve the efficiency of plastics recovery, and promote better product planning and design. The working group will also consider ways to promote new circular economy innovations and investments and to make us less dependent on fossil raw materials.

The working group is chaired by Member of Parliament Hanna Kosonen and the vice chair is Director-General Tuula Varis from the Ministry of the Environment. The term is from 1 April to 14 September 2018.

“Finland wants to be a trailblazer in solving the problems concerning plastics, nationally, within the EU and internationally. Finnish experts in the bioeconomy and circular economy have a lot to offer in this work. I wish the working group the best success and look forward to their proposals”, says Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing of Finland.

The first meeting of the working group is on 5 April. Besides the Ministry of the Environment, it has representatives from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Finance, Finnish Plastic Industries Federation, Finnish Forest Industries, Finnish Commerce Federation, Finnish Circular Power KIVO, Finnish Environmental Industries YTP, WWF Finland, and Martha Organization.

The Secretariat is composed of representatives of the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finnish Environment institute, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Natural Resources Institute Finland, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, and Business Finland.

Inquiries:

Merja Saarnilehto, Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 2952 50259, firstname.lastname@ym.fi