When you have seen a cloud
in the lap of a pond;
and the moon
between the waterlilies;
inevitably you are at the mercy
of your own soul.
— Eeva Kilpi

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN FINLAND - What is Finland doing to preserve its wilderness?

Finland provides many good examples of how to protect the natural environment. Wide-ranging and detailed environmental data and high levels of technological skill form the basis of Finland’s effective environmental protection policies. As one of the world’s wealthiest industrialised countries Finland is also able to afford vital environmental investments. Finland’s low population density and comparatively unspoilt natural environment also facilitate nature conservation.


The world needs an energy boost of 45% by 2030. To make this happen, energy distribution needs to get a lot smarter and renewable energy more universal. Finland is one of the most advanced smart grid markets in the world and provides an ideal test-bed for tomorrow’s smart energy solutions.

Finnish Climate Summit acts as a platform for real change

As leader of the Arctic Council and future president of the EU, Finland embraces a unique opportunity to lead positive climate action.

The Finnish Climate Summit kicked off with an ambitious theme. Nearly 500 politicians, business leaders, scientists, NGO executives and climate influencers met in Finlandia Hall in Helsinki to discuss our common problem regarding the climate and what actions we are taking.

Finland to ban coal in 2029 – incentives package for faster phase-out

The Finnish Government has decided that the use of coal in energy production will be prohibited by law in 2029. The Government will also prepare an incentives package, amounting to EUR 90 million, for district heating companies that commit to phasing out coal use already by 2025.

“We must accelerate our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change. By phasing out coal-based energy production, we can significantly reduce the emissions from heating,” says Minister Tiilikainen.

Five for Friday – Circular economy solutions

Finland has been one of the most forward-looking countries in adopting the circular economy, creating the world’s first national circular economy roadmap for 2016–2025. Both big companies and startups have also been moving actively towards it in their business development.

Last year, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra held the first World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki. As the second WCEF is going to take place in Yokohama this autumn, Finnfacts organised a media tour for Japanese journalists to present Finnish knowhow of the circular economy. This covered a wide spectrum, fro


Finland’s Action Plan for a Circular Economy

Finland’s objective is to generate internationally competitive solutions for the circular economy, create substantial added value for products and share best practices with other countries. Circular economy solutions make it possible to cut atmospheric emissions by as much as half in certain sectors, promote the sustainable use of natural resources, increase wellbeing and thereby also improved competitiveness.

The plan has three key priorities.

1. Platforms for experimenting with and testing the circular economy

Finland is attractive innovation and trial environment. Cities are supported in their role of as experimenters of circular economy solutions and as platforms for the national action plan for sustainable urban development. In addition, the ministries support cities’ initiatives for the circular economy and clean solutions and forerunner networks, as well as the operating model of industrial symbioses. The rural development programme includes measures to promote the circular economy in primary production and rural areas.



2. Sustainable and innovative public procurement

The purchasing power of the public sector will be utilised more than at present to facilitate the market access of circular economy solutions. In Finland, the value of public procurement is over EUR 30 billion annually. In order to increase sustainable and innovative public procurement, the ministries will establish a network-based centre of excellence, the purpose being to increase the ambition and know-how of various actors and improve the effectiveness of procurement.

3. Support for new product and service innovations

Revising companies’ business models and building growth opportunities, the circular economy is a new way of acting, together with others. We are shifting from value chains to ecosystems that can have actors from many sectors, both private and public. Consumers must also be considered.