Reaching carbon neutrality in collaboration
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, any increase in the temperature beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius will significantly accelerate the extinction of species, render more areas of the world uninhabitable and pose substantial risks for food production, access to water and the functioning of the ecosystem. As part of the European Union, Finland is committed to the Paris Agreement on climate change.
In addition, Finland is aiming to become carbon-neutral by 2035, which is an exceptionally ambitious goal on the international scale. Our public sector, industry and research are committed to reaching this goal in tight collaboration. All decisions are made in accordance to social justice and fair transition.
This requires more sustainable mobility and phasing out fossil fuels. Luckily, the Finnish know-how in vehicle electrification and renewable fuels is globally first-class. We aim at changing the whole aspect of transport by utilising MaaS solutions and shared mobility services, increasing the volumes of walking, cycling and public transport, and promoting the transition to sustainable biofuels in heavy goods vehicles and air transport. Currently a working group under the Ministry of Transport and Communications is preparing Finland’s roadmap for fossil-free transport. The term of the working group will be from 1 November 2019 to 30 October 2020. Read more: Working group to prepare a roadmap for fossil-free transport
In the face of climate change, the mass production of more and more goods is no longer an option. To both maintain profitable business and reach resource-efficiency, we need to ensure that materials and their value circulate for as long as possible and keep loss and waste to a minimum. In a circular economy, the foundation for earnings will be services, recycling of products and intelligence-based digital solutions. Finland is pioneering in advancing circular economy to mitigate the overconsumption of natural resources and curb climate change, safeguard biodiversity, create new employment opportunities and strengthen the competitiveness of our economy. Read more: Leading the cycle: Finnish road map to a circular economy 2016-2025 and The most interesting companies in circular economy in Finland