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Climate and air

The climate measures of the Ministry of the Environment are aimed at keeping greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that prevents dangerous changes and enables adaptation.

The objective of climate protection is air quality that safeguards a safe, comfortable living environment and allows nature to function normally. As for ozone protection, its purpose is to ensure that the ozone layer in the stratosphere provides protection against harmful UV radiation.

Climate change calls for mitigation and adaptation

The Ministry of the Environment is active in all climate policy arenas to mitigate climate change. The key documents that provide the frame of reference for national measures to mitigate climate change in all sectors of society are the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Kyoto Protocol. The European Union is also an important player in climate policy.

Besides the efforts to mitigate climate change, measures are also needed to adapt to it, because global warming is inevitable even though emissions are being reduced. The Ministry of the Environment is responsible for climate change adaptation measures in its administrative branch, especially with respect to land use, construction and buildings, preserving biodiversity and environmental protection.

Protection of the climate and the ozone layer

Healthy, breathable air, a pollution-free troposphere and the UV-protective ozone layer are indispensable parts of a healthy, comfortable and sustainable living environment. The Ministry of the Environment is responsible for climate and ozone protection in Finland through its political decision-making and in the guidance of its administrative branch. It also participates in international cooperation for strengthening conservation measures both in the European Union and globally.

Further information

Mitigation of climate change
Jarmo Muurman, Senior Environmental Adviser, tel. +358 295 250 185, firstname.lastname@ym.fi

Adaptation to climate change
Antti Irjala, Senior Environmental Adviser, tel. +358 295 250 102, firstname.lastname@ym.fi

Climate protection
Oili Rahnasto, Senior Government Adviser, tel. +358 295 250 244, firstname.lastname@ym.fi

Protection of the ozone layer
Eeva Nurmi, Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 295 250 209, firstname.lastname@ym.fi

Published 2019-03-18 at 11:29, updated 2020-05-25 at 7:52