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Environment ministers meet to set EU priorities for UN Climate Conference in Santiago and to agree on the next steps to promote the circular economy

The Environment Council of the EU will meet in Luxembourg on Friday 4 October 2019 to agree on EU priorities for the UN climate negotiations, which will take place in Santiago de Chile in December. Th...

2019-10-03
Minister Mikkonen appeals to the international construction sector: Climate-friendly construction requires swift action

In connection with the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen appealed to the construction sector to accelerate its transition to...

2019-09-25
Innovations, latest scientific knowledge and state of the circular economy on the agenda in Helsinki, 30 September–1 October

The conference European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy will be held between 30 September and 1 October 2019 in Helsinki, Finland with a view to presenting the state of the circular economy and ...

2019-09-24
Minister Mikkonen to attend UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit and Sustainable Development Summit in New York

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen will travel to New York for the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit and the Sustainable Development Summit in New York on 20–26 Septemb...

2019-09-19
Finland aims to improve water quality in the Baltic Sea by applying gypsum to fields

The Finnish Ministry of the Environment is enhancing the protection of the Baltic Sea by launching a research project on the gypsum treatment of fields. The object of the project is to promote the use...

2019-09-16
Negotiations begin on new targets for halting biodiversity loss – revised objectives under preparation for 2030, 2040 and 2050

Negotiations for a new global biodiversity framework and associated targets began on 27-30 August in Nairobi, Kenya. The framework will include long and short-term measures to promote biodiversity.

2019-08-30
Method for assessing the carbon footprint of buildings to be tested by construction projects

The Ministry of the Environment will start testing the method for assessing the carbon footprint of buildings. By means of the testing period starting in autumn 2019 and ending in summer 2020, it is i...

2019-08-30
Tighter rules on international trade in endangered species – stronger protection for elephants and endangered marine species

The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) ended today on 28 August, after taking significant steps towards protecting...

2019-08-28
Letter by Minister Mikkonen to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs: foreign and trade policy must be harnessed to stop the Amazon wildfires

According to Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, the EU needs to take firm action to stop the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. In a letter addressed to Federica Mogh...

2019-08-28
Assessment of the status of Finland’s waters: Status of lakes and rivers about the same as before, coastal waters have deteriorated

A new assessment of the ecological status of surface waters in Finland shows that 87% of the surface area of our lakes and 68% of our rivers are in good or very good condition. Eutrophication is still...

2019-08-27
The Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy started its work – studies in support of the carbon neutrality target to be launched soon

The Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy held its first meeting on Thursday 22 August, chaired by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Krista Mikkonen. The task of the Ministe...

2019-08-22
Today is Earth Overshoot Day – Circular economy offers solutions for the sustainable use of natural resources

As of today, 29 July, we have consumed more renewable natural resources than the Earth will produce this year. We have consumed these natural resources in less than seven months, although they should ...

2019-07-29
EU environment and climate ministers: EU must speed up ambitious policy on circular economy

The second day of the informal meeting of EU environment and climate ministers focused on expanding the circular economy into new areas. The ministers discussed the solutions offered by the circular e...

2019-07-12
EU environment and climate ministers: climate crisis and biodiversity loss caused by overconsumption require joint solutions

EU environment and climate ministers discussed stepping up global climate action in their informal meeting. The first day of the meeting focused on the EU’s long-term climate strategy and messages to ...

2019-07-11
Biodiversity loss must be stopped – strong call for action on behalf of nature from ministers of the environment in Trondheim

Together with ministers of the environment from 13 other countries, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen issued a strong call on behalf of biodiversity at the Trondheim Confe...

2019-07-02
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Mikkonen to visit Trondheim for biodiversity conference

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen will travel to Trondheim for a conference dealing with biodiversity to be held on Tuesday 2 July. The meeting, now organised for the nint...

2019-07-01
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Mikkonen to attend meeting of EU Environment Council in Luxembourg – water reuse, sustainable chemical policy and EU climate targets on the agenda

Minister Krista Mikkonen will travel to Luxembourg to attend the meeting of EU Environment Ministers on 26 June. The Ministers will discuss, among other topics, the EU’s long-term climate targets, sus...

2019-06-25
EU environment and climate ministers convene in Finland to find solutions to the sustainability crisis

Finland is keen to put the sustainability crisis and its possible solutions at the heart of EU policymaking. That is why climate change, the circular economy and the loss of biodiversity will be high ...

2019-06-19
Finland to participate in the meeting of the energy and environment ministers at the G20 Summit in Japan on 15–16 June

Japan has invited Finland to participate in the meeting of energy and environment ministers, which is part of the programme of Japan’s presidency of the G20 Summit. The Ministerial Meeting on Energy T...

2019-06-14
Arctic Council issues recommendations for environmental impact assessment procedures in Arctic areas

The Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council, under Finland’s leadership, has prepared a report on good practices for environmental impact assessment in the Arctic region. The pract...

2019-05-17

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