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Reduce and Refuse, Recycle and Replace – Plastics Roadmap for Finland

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 plast...

Arctic Council meeting of environment ministers ends with talks about future cooperation

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...

Finland hosts an Arctic Environment Super Week in Rovaniemi

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....

Earth Overshoot Day is today

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 bigg...

UN follow-up Forum on Sustainable Development - Finland to focus on Arctic cooperation

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) th...

Finland to chair the Helsinki Commission – Aiming for an ambitious and feasible Baltic Sea Action Plan

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...

Tiilikainen: EU needs an ambitious Long-term Climate Strategy, zero emissions by 2050 as the target

”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 K...

Minister Tiilikainen to the EU Environment Council - Finland calls for stricter emission standards for new vehicles

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 standa...

Demand for water expertise increases across the world – Cooperation between public and private sectors the key to growth of business for Finland

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...

More than 8 000 hectares of new protected areas to Finland as 100th anniversary gifts

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...

Real estate and construction sector should follow international information management standards – annual savings up to EUR 300 million to be achieved

Following common international standards in information management would significantly improve the profitability of the real estate and construction sector. It could also increase cooperation among th...

France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Portugal and Luxembourg call for EU climate ambition in line with the Paris Agreement

Meeting in Paris on 25 April, the ministers in charge of Climate change of France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Germany and Luxembourg recognised the importance of ensuring EU climate p...

Minister Tiilikainen announces the opening of the Finland Chamber of Commerce in India

The minister of the environment, energy and housing Kimmo Tiilikainen has announced the opening of the new Finland Chamber of Commerce in India (FINCHAM). The main task of the chamber is to support Fi...

Minister Tiilikainen to visit Germany and India to discuss energy and the environment

Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing Kimmo Tiilikainen will visit Germany and India from 18 April to 20 April to promote cooperation in renewable energy and environmentally friendly solutio...

The Ministry of the Environment experiments with a new way to develop legislation – guides and collects feedback online service under the KIRA-digi Project offers legal advice to projects that promote digitalisation in the real estate and construction sector free of charge. Information is also co...

Consumption of plastic carrier bags declines rapidly in the retail sector

An agreement made between the Ministry of the Environment and the Finnish Commerce Federation has rapidly reduced the consumption of plastic carrier bags and lightweight plastic bags in the retail sec...

Working group to prepare a Roadmap on Plastics

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

Competence centre to boost sustainable and innovative public procurement

KEINO, a networked Competence Centre founded to increase sustainable and innovative public procurement, has been launched. KEINO aims to improve the effectiveness and quality of public procurement and...

Last KIRA-digi experimental project application now open – EUR one million still available for new digital experiments

The sixth and last application round for KIRA-digi projects is open until 5 April 2018. In this round, about EUR one million will be handed out to experiments that promote digitalisation in the real e...

Khibiny National Park in Murmansk added to the Green Belt of Fennoscandia

The new Khibiny National Park is located about 100 kilometres from the Finnish border, in the central part of the Kola Peninsula. The national park belongs to the Green Belt of Fennoscandia that is co...


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