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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, sustainable chemical policy and water reuse. To conclude the meeting, Minister Mikkonen will present the Programme for Finland’s EU Council Presidency to the EU Ministers of the Environment and Climate Change.

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 on the agenda during Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the informal meeting of environment/climate ministers on 11–12 July in Helsinki.

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 Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth will take place in Karuizawa on 15–16 June 2019. Finland is one of the so-called outreach countries invited to the meeting. The themes of the meeting are the global energy transition, climate and sustainable growth, prevention of ocean plastic

Ministry of the Environment investigates the use of plastics in buildings – ARA, Senate Properties and the University of Helsinki studying how to reduce the use of plastics in their construction projects

A study by the Ministry of the Environment on the use of plastics in residential buildings and day-care centres reveals that plastics can be found in all parts of buildings. The amount of plastics in individual buildings, however, is very small when compared to the other materials. Some of these plastics would be relatively easy to recycle or replace using other solutions.

National Report on Biodiversity in Finland: Biodiversity still on the decline despite rigorous work

Finland’s broad-based working group on biodiversity has approved the sixth national report on the conservation of biodiversity in Finland. According to the report, Finland has engaged in rigorous, well-coordinated work to halt the decline in biodiversity, but the changes in practices throughout society have not been sufficient. As a result, we will not reach our target of halting biodiversity loss in Finland by 2020.
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Published 2019-05-24 at 13:44, updated 2019-05-27 at 13:38