Factsheet: Energy and Climate Strategy 2030

Energy and Climate Strategy 2030

Key Information
Description: 
The Government approved the National Energy and Climate Strategy to 2030 on 24 November 2016. The strategy sets out concrete actions and targets through which Finland will achieve the EU energy and climate objectives to 2030. The strategy will be given as a Government report to the Parliament, where the discussion on the report is to be started on 30 November. Utilising Finland's renewable energy potential in industrial-scale energy production is one of the key issues in terms of the long-term energy and climate objectives. Meeting the objectives to 2030 provides a sustainable bridge to achieving a 100% renewable and carbon neutral energy economy in Finland by 2050. The strategy boosts our actions to combat climate change and reach the targets of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Diverse actions are needed including the potential of biogas. Forest growth is utilised in reaching the climate targets in a way that ensures sufficient carbon sinks, also in the future. Climate targets can well be reconciled with the protection of biodiversity. The transport sector has a key role in reaching the ambitious targets of the strategy. Besides the important legislative reforms, bold reforms are also needed in the transport markets and behaviour to reach the objectives. The strategy influences the development of the transport sector in the next 20 years, and we are firmly committed to implementing it. For the success of our export sector first-mover advantage is decisive. It is most important that Finland is now taking a big step in the right direction. By 2030 we will stop using coal, reduce the use of imported oil by a half, and raise the number of electric cars to 250 000. The common thread in the Energy and Climate Strategy is the substitution of domestic energy for imported energy, especially oil and coal. This is the best solution from the employment perspective as well.
Goal/Aim: 
Achieve 100% renewable and carbon neutral energy economy by 2050.

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