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Finland will achieve carbon neutrality by 2035
Description

The Government will work to ensure that Finland is carbon neutral by 2035 and carbon negative soon after that. We will do this by accelerating emissions reduction measures and strengthening carbon sinks.
The Government is committed to reforming the climate policies of the European Union and Finland so that we can do our part to limit the global mean temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Finland aims to develop the EU’s long-term climate measures so that the EU can achieve carbon neutrality before 2050. This means tightening the emissions reduction obligation for 2030 to at least 55 per cent below the 1990 emissions level. We will continue our Nordic climate and energy cooperation in order to achieve carbon neutrality and will work to strengthen the position of the Nordic countries as leaders in international climate policy. We will decide on the additional actions needed to bring Finland’s emissions reduction path in line with the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2035. We will strengthen the role of the Climate Change Act as a guiding instrument. We will amend the Act in a way that will enable us to achieve the target of carbon neutrality by 2035. We will also update the target for 2050 in the Climate Change Act. We will add emissions reduction targets for 2030 and 2040 to the Act in line with our path to carbon neutrality. We will also include the land use sector in the Act and set a target for strengthening carbon sinks. We will carry out an assessment of our carbon neutrality target in 2025. The assessment will take into account factors including new scientific data, technological development and the emissions commitments of other countries, along with the possibility of adopting international flexibility in meeting the targets.We will update our medium-term climate change policy plan and national climate and energy strategy so we can reach the 2030 emissions reduction level required to achieve carbon neutrality. We will evaluate our solutions based on their efficiency and cost-effectiveness while also taking into account regional differences and impacts on employment.
Emissions reduction measures will be carried out in a way that is fair from a social and regional perspective and that involves all sectors of society. We will establish a ministerial working group on climate and energy issues, which will be in charge of preparing climate policy as a whole. Assessing climate impacts will become a part of the normal process of drafting legislation.The Government will establish a round table on climate policy in connection with the sustainable development committee. By bringing together a variety of operators in society, we can ensure that our climate actions are in the best interests of society and have broad approval from the public.The Government will assist local and regional authorities in preparing their own carbon neutrality plans and implementing climate actions. We will strengthen the role of the Finnish Climate Panel as an independent, scientific expert body and allocate sufficient resources for it.

Expected impact

Finland is carbon neutral by 2035 and carbon negative soon after that

Website

https://valtioneuvosto.fi/en/rinne/government-programme

Goal 13
Goal 17
Other, please specify
The Government will assist local and regional authorities in preparing their own carbon neutrality plans and implementing climate actions.
Staff / Technical expertise
We will establish a ministerial working group on climate and energy issues, which will be in charge of preparing climate policy as a whole. Assessing climate impacts will become a part of the normal process of drafting legislation.
Other, please specify
We will update our medium-term climate change policy plan and national climate and energy strategy so we can reach the 2030 emissions reduction level required to achieve carbon neutrality. We will evaluate our solutions based on their efficiency and cost-
Basic information
Start: 06 June, 2019
Completion: 31 December, 2035
Entity
Government of Finland (Government)
Partners
The Government of Finland and all it's entities, the Finnish business sector, municipalities, citizens
Geographical coverage
Europe
Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficiaries
Contact information
Riina Pursiainen, Project Coordinator, riina.pursiainen@vnk.fi,
Headquarters
Helsinki/Finland
United Nations