emissions, climate policy, carbon neutrality, plans, environmental protection
The creation of a Medium-term Climate Change Policy Plan is provided for in the Climate Change Act. This is Finland's second climate change policy plan and it is based on the tightened emissions reduction obligation proposed by the European Commission for 2030 and the climate policies in Prime Minister Marin's Government Programme.
The Climate Change Policy Plan applies to the effort sharing sector, i.e. sectors outside emissions trading, except for the land use sector. The effort sharing sector comprises the emissions from transport, agriculture, building-specific heating, non-road mobile machinery, waste management and F-gas emissions and some emissions from industry and energy consumption outside the emissions trading system.
The Commission's proposed emissions reduction obligation for Finland's effort sharing sector for 2030 is 50% compared to the 2005 level, while the Government Programme has set an objective of making Finland carbon-neutral by 2035. The current measures are not sufficient to attain these objectives. The Medium-term Climate Change Policy Plan investigates the actions needed to close the gap and how the emissions of the effort sharing sector can be reduced to make carbon-neutrality achievable.
The plan has been prepared in parallel with the climate and energy strategy and is based on common scenario calculations. The plan also investigates cross-disciplinary themes like regional climate efforts and consumption.