Government’s climate policy: climate-neutral Finland by 2035

The objective of the Programme of Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Government is for Finland to be carbon-neutral and the first fossil-free welfare society by 2035. This requires even faster emissions reductions in all sectors and stronger carbon sinks.

Climate change, loss of biodiversity and overconsumption are different aspects of the same sustainability crisis, which is why the Government will adopt a comprehensive approach to their root causes. The means to achieve the target include the new climate policy decisions, nearly emissions-free electricity and heat production by the end of the 2030s, and reducing the carbon footprint of building, promoting a circular economy and pursuing a climate-friendly food policy. The focus of taxation will shift towards the taxation of environmental harm. The decline in biodiversity will be halted by reforming the nature conservation legislation, increasing the funding for the protection of biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources.

Work towards this target is led and guided by the Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy, chaired by Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Emma Kari. As outlined by the Government, climate policy work will take place in an open and transparent manner, including public consultations to hear the citizens’ views. Emission reductions will be implemented in a way that is fair and just, both socially and regionally.

Decisions of autumn 2021 budget session pave way for key climate policy plans

As part of the Government’s mid-term policy review in spring 2021, the Ministerial Working group conducted an analysis of climate measures that have already been taken and how adequate they will be to take Finland on a path towards carbon neutrality by 2035. In its budget session in September 2021, the Government outlined the measures that will be needed in sectors covered by emissions trading and in the effort sharing sector. Based on a decision made in the budget session, the performance of climate measures and their adequacy to reach the targets will be reviewed in spring 2022 or sooner.

Key projects

Ministerial working group

Chair

Emma Kari
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

Members

Timo Harakka
Minister of Transport and Communications

Ville Skinnari
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade

Mika Lintilä
Minister of Economic Affairs

Jari Leppä
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

Hanna Sarkkinen
Minister of Social Affairs and Health

Thomas Blomqvist
Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality

General Secretary

Jarmo Muurman
Senior Environmental Adviser, Ministry of the Environment

More information

Jarmo Muurman, Senior Ministerial Adviser 
Ministry of the Environment, Environmental Protection Department, Climate 0295250185  


Riikka Yliluoma, Special Adviser to the Minister 
Ministry of the Environment, Cabinet of the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change 0295250091  


Riikka Lamminmäki, Head of Communications 
Ministry of the Environment, Communications Environment Council  0295250343