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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...

Finland’s best landscape project sought for the sixth time

The Ministry of the Environment is again searching for Finland’s best landscape project. As candidates the Ministry of invites projects where landscapes have been successfully managed, protected or de...

Saimaa well placed for inclusion in UNESCO Global Geoparks Network

Finland has submitted an application to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO concerning the establishment of a Geopark in the Saimaa region in the counties of South Savo and...

Minister Tiilikainen to visit Tunisia and Morocco on 22–27 January

Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing Kimmo Tiilikainen will head a Team Finland visit to Tunisia and Morocco on 22-27 January 2018 to promote the exports and internationalisation of Finnis...

Two new nature conservation areas to Russia near the Finnish border

At the end of the Year of the Environment 2017 Russia decided to establish a new National Park in the Lake Ladoga archipelago and a new Nature Park on the islands of the Eastern Gulf of Finland and th...

Renovated wastewater treatment plant in Petrozavodsk reduces eutrophication of Lake Onega

The renovated Petrozavodsk wastewater treatment plant reduces the eutrophying emissions from the city to Lake Onega and improves the quality of drinking water. The plant will be opened on 19 December....

EU agreed on including the land use sector (LULUCF) in the 2030 climate policy targets

On 14 December the trilogue between the EU Member States, the Commission and Parliament reached a preliminary agreement on the LULUCF Regulation, i.e. how carbon sinks and emissions caused by the use ...

Revised national land use guidelines: towards a low-carbon society

Today, on 14 December, the Finnish Government gave a decision on the revised national land use guidelines. The purpose of the guidelines is to make sure that matters of national significance are taken...

Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen elected Vice President of the Bureau of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA)

Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing Kimmo Tiilikainen was elected Vice President of the Bureau of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). The Bureau, composed of ten Ministers of the Environme...

Experimenting and public procurement among the priorities in the Action Plan for a Circular Economy

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s Government aims to develop Finland into a pioneer of the bioeconomy, circular economy and cleantech sectors. The priorities of the action plan are sustainable and innovati...

Minister Tiilikainen a candidate to the Bureau of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA)

Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing of Finland Kimmo Tiilikainen has been nominated as the candidate of the EU and other western countries to the Bureau of the UN Environment Assembly (UNE...

Finland co-founds a Powering Past Coal alliance in Bonn Climate Conference

Minister Tiilikainen: Bill banning the use of coal for energy due next year

Meeting of Arctic Environment Ministers and Biodiversity Congress in Rovaniemi in October 2018

Next year, on 9-12 October, Finland will host a meeting of the Arctic Environment Ministers and the Arctic Biodiversity Congress in Rovaniemi. The events are part of the programme of Finland’s Chairma...

Climate Conference in Bonn starts on Monday 6 November

The UN climate change negotiations continue in Bonn, Germany on 6-17 November. On the agenda are the details of the Paris Climate Change Agreement adopted in 2015, i.e. concrete rules on how the emiss...

Environment Ministers to agree on the LULUCF regulation

The EU Ministers of the Environment meet in Luxembourg on Friday 13 October to discuss effort sharing in the non-ETS sectors under the 2030 climate package and the so-called LULUCF regulation.

Minister Tiilikainen to attend the first meeting of the parties to the Mercury Convention in Geneva on 29 September: “Important convention for the Arctic region”

The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a recent global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment Kimmo Tii...


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