The Finnish Government has adopted a report that sets a target to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent from the 1990 level by 2050.
Thriving towards a low-carbon society
The Finnish Government has adopted a report that sets a target
to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80
percent from the 1990 level by 2050 as part of an international
effort. The report marks out the road to a low-carbon Finland in
In the Climate and Energy Strategy adopted in the autumn of
2008, the Government gave an outline of its climate and energy
policy focusing on the years up to 2020.
The strategy put forward concrete measures for Finland to achieve the EU's climate and energy
In its discussion of climate and energy policy beyond 2020 and outlining of paths towards a
sustainable level of emissions over the long term, the Foresight Report on Long-term Climate and
Energy Policy supplements and supports the work carried out as part of the strategy.
As the period in question extends until 2050, no future developments can be known for certain. For
this reason, the report aims to map out a variety of possible futures and to support preparedness for
them by weighing up a number of different lines of action.
The work on the scenarios indicates that the shift to a low-carbon society requires a marked
improvement in energy efficiency in all sectors. Similarly, in all cases there is a need for the
development, deployment and diffusion of low-carbon technology, and the use of renewable energy
needs to be increased significantly.
For example, the energy standards for new buildings will be revised in order to improve energy
efficiency, and efficiency improvements will be required in renovations of existing buildings.
Ecological tax reform will be continued, and information concerning the climate impacts of choices
in everyday life will be made easily available to citizens.
Achieving the two-degree target requires joint global efforts to combat climate change. Finland will
actively work towards reaching a comprehensive and ambitious agreement in climate negotiations
and pursue the integration of climate issues in foreign policy and international cooperation.
Finland will also contribute to efforts to seek sufficient climate funding for poor countries.
The preparation of the report has been carried out at the Prime Minister?s Office in cooperation with
the key ministries.
To get the message out to citizens, a series of regional future forums will be organized. The
foresight report will also be presented at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in
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