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Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen: Budget brings welcome boost to climate work

2020-09-18
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen is very happy with the outcome. “The government budget session has decided on a number of concrete steps towards a carbon-neutral Finland. This package will give the much-needed boost to emission reductions and support the recovery of the natural environment. At the same time we will ensure a just transition and the future prospects of Finland’s business sector by supporting the transition into a green economy."

Strong focus on nature conservation in the 2021 Budget

2020-09-18
The Government budget session confirmed that funding for nature conservation will stay at a record high level. Next year the funding targeted to nature conservation will be EUR 100 million higher than in the beginning of the government term. The funds will be used e.g. to implement the habitats protection, restoration and management programme ‘Helmi’ and the Forest Biodiversity Programme for Southern Finland (METSO).

Minister Mikkonen welcomes the Commission’s proposal on EU climate goal: A higher target is also in Finland’s interest

2020-09-16
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen welcomes the European Commission’s new climate objective. According to Mikkonen, the target to reduce emissions by at least 55% by 2030 is also in Finland’s interest.

“A higher EU target will help us achieve our own goals, level the playing field and create a market for the export of clean solutions,” says Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen.

Ministry of the Environment, Senate Properties and the cities of Espoo, Helsinki, Turku and Vantaa sign a voluntary agreement to reduce emissions at construction sites

2020-09-09
The Ministry of the Environment, Senate Properties and the cities of Espoo, Helsinki, Turku and Vantaa have signed a voluntary Green Deal agreement to reduce emissions at construction sites. The aim of the agreement is that construction sites of the cities and Senate Properties will be fossil free by the end of 2025, meaning they will not use fossil fuels. In addition, by 2030, at least 50 per cent of construction machinery and site transports will be powered by electricity, biogas or hydrogen.

Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy discussed support from EU recovery package for transition towards carbon neutral Finland

2020-09-02
On Wednesday, the Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy discussed how the EU’s new recovery instrument could support a transition towards a carbon neutral Finland.
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Published 2019-05-24 at 13:44, updated 2019-05-27 at 13:38