Hannu Hoskonen, Chair of the Environment Committee of the Finnish Parliament, welcomed the guests to the Helsinki climate change conference discussing the EU's climate targets and tightening of the EU's emissions reduction targets. According to Hoskonen, Finland is leading the battle against climate change and for safeguarding biodiversity.
He reminded the audience that Finland calls for raising the EU's long-term climate objective so that the EU can achieve carbon neutrality before 2050: 'In Finland, emissions reduction measures are carried out in a way that is fair from a social and regional perspective and that involves all sectors of society. By bringing together a variety of operators in society, we can ensure that our climate actions are in the best interests of society and have broad approval from the public.'
Finland will phase out the energy use of coal in line with newly adopted decision by May 2029 at the latest and will also phase out the use of fossil fuel oil in heating by the start of the 2030s. Finland also intends to decrease emissions from the land use sector and strengthen Finland's carbon sinks.
Although reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a common objective in the EU, all Member States should explore their own ways to reduce emissions: 'I would like to emphasise that although the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC plays a key role in the dissemination of scientific results and it is important to agree on the common emissions reduction targets at the EU level, each Member State decide on the concrete climate actions at the national level. Member States are the best experts of their own circumstances and efficient measures and therefore they should also implement the measures independently.'
Further information about the meeting is available from the event page.