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Project to reform Climate Change Act begins by listening to citizens

The reform of the Climate Change Act, as detailed in the Government Programme, has now begun. The first phase of the reform is hearing citizens’ views on what the new Climate Change Act should look li...

2019-11-11
Research project explores the use of gypsum in fields as a measure for protecting the Baltic Sea

This year, the Ministry of the Environment is launching a research and development project to promote the gypsum treatment of fields in the countries around the Baltic Sea. The aim is to reduce nutrie...

2019-11-07
European Business and Nature Summit kicks off in Madrid

The European Business and Nature Summit is taking place on 7–8 November in Madrid. The meeting will bring businesses together to present their views for the preparation of new international biodiversi...

2019-11-07
Minister Mikkonen to attend Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Rome – agenda to cover role of sustainable cold chains in fight against climate crisis and food loss

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen will represent Finland and the EU at the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Rome on 7 November. The meeting will explore ...

2019-11-06
Minister Mikkonen: US withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement will not undermine Agreement – EU to continue on its ambitious path

The US Government announced yesterday that it would officially withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. “The EU deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration to wit...

2019-11-05
Minister Krista Mikkonen: We will do our utmost to ensure the COP25 will take place

“It is very unfortunate that Chile will not be able to host the UN Climate meeting as planned. As the holder of the Presidency of the EU Council, will do our utmost to ensure that the COP25 will take ...

2019-10-31
Kotka National Urban Park receives honourable mention in European landscape project competition

The Kotka National Urban Park was given an honourable mention in the Council of Europe's Landscape Award competition. The urban park is a magnificent combination of parks, waterways and the finest arc...

2019-10-23
Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy meets to discuss Climate Change Act reform – 2035 carbon neutrality target to be included in the Act

The Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy met today for its fourth meeting, which was chaired by Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen. The ministerial workin...

2019-10-23
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

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