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Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy: Measures after coronavirus epidemic to support the building of a carbon neutral society

2020-04-01
At its meeting on Wednesday 1 April, the Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy discussed the economic measures after the coronavirus epidemic and the set of measures concerning a just transition.

Delays expected at construction sites due to decrease in workforce

2020-03-20
The Government has decided to restrict the traffic at borders starting on 19 March 2020. This also concerns commuting to work across the borders. The restrictions have impacts on the Finnish construction sector, which has a lot of foreign workforce. The Ministry of the Environment has compiled questions and answers on the new situation.

Guidance from Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy for the reform of the Climate Change Act

2020-03-18
The Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy met on Tuesday 17 March 2020. The ministers discussed the key principles that guide the reform of the Climate Change Act and received an update from the working group preparing the reform of energy taxation. The Ministerial Working Group also heard a briefing on the impacts of coronavirus in the energy sector.

Building repair construction strategy aims to reduce the building stock’s emissions by 90 per cent by 2050

2020-03-11
Finland’s long-term repair construction strategy has been finalised. The strategy applies to residential and service buildings the construction of which has been completed by the beginning of 2020. This means a total of 1.4 million buildings. The aim of the strategy is to reduce the CO2 emissions of buildings by 90% from the beginning of 2020 to 2050. The strategy is part of the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, which entered into force in 2018.

Minister Mikkonen: Commission Action Plan for the Circular Economy an important opening to solve the sustainability crisis – Designing durable and easy-to-repair products

2020-03-11
“The Circular Economy Action Plan of the EU published by the European Commission today is an important opening to solve the sustainability crisis. It has a strong focus on sustainable product design, which is an absolute necessity to promote the circular economy. Most of the products placed on the market in future must be designed so that they are durable and easy to repair, reuse and recycle", says Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen.
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Published 2019-05-24 at 13:44, updated 2019-05-27 at 13:38