Finland commits to 2035 zero-carbon target


Finland has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035, one of the earliest legally-binding national climate neutrality target dates.

Earlier in 2019, the country announced its commitment to ban coal-fired energy by 2029.

A coalition led by incoming Social Democrat Prime Minister Antti Rinne and made up of five political parties in the country, agreed on the new target, and published the nation’s new deal.

The government says the new agreement will be legislated into law by revisions in Finland’s Climate Act, and will be delivered along with increased welfare spending as part of a package of changes.

The country has announced that the goal will not be reliant on the offsetting of carbon emissions through the purchase of carbon credits from other countries.

The climate deal will be achieved through energy taxation reforms, new rules regarding electricity generation from burning wood and other biomass, increased investment in rail infrastructure, and nature conservation efforts.

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Antti Rinne said the new government would review the target in 2025.