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Negotiators agree on stringent rules for Paris Climate Agreement

Negotiators at the Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland have reached a deal on implementing the Paris Climate Agreement. Moving forward, the countries will monitor their emissions and report ...

The new assessment of Finland’s threatened habitat types was a major effort for the science community

The assessment of threatened habitat types in Finland, published on 18 December, is a complete description of the current state of all habitat types found in Finland, from the Baltic Sea all the way t...

Climate talks in Katowice into the hands of ministers – Tiilikainen from Finland invited to facilitate negotiations on adaptation

The negotiations on the rules of the Paris Climate Change Agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice continue at the ministerial level. The Polish Presidency has invited selected minist...

United Nations Katowice Climate Change Conference to begin on 2 December – The Commission’s vision for the EU’s long-term climate strategy published today

Parties to the UNFCCC will meet in Katowice, Poland 2 – 14 December to negotiate on rules related to the 2015 Paris Agreement. The rules apply to reporting and monitoring of emissions and emissions cu...

Finnish automotive sector industry and the State conclude a Green Deal

The Finnish automotive sector, Ministry of Transport and Communications and Ministry of the Environment concluded a voluntary Green Deal on 22 November 2018. The Green Deal for the benefit of the clim...

Countries all over the world seek means to halt loss of biodiversity – UN biodiversity conference starts in Egypt

Delegations from more than 190 countries will convene in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt on 17–29 November at the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. The...

Minister Tiilikainen to informal meeting of EU transport and environment ministers in Graz and to meeting of Nordic environment ministers in Oslo

Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing Kimmo Tiilikainen will attend the informal meeting of EU transport and environment ministers in Graz, Austria on 29–30 October and the meeting of Nordic...

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...

Kotka National Urban Park is Finland’s best landscape project 2018

The Kotka National Urban Park was today presented with the award for Finland's best landscape project 2018. The urban park is a magnificent combination of parks, waterways and the finest architectural...

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...

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...


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