Medium-term Climate Change Policy Plan

The Medium-term Climate Change Policy Plan is based on the Climate Change Act that came into force in 2015. The plan is drawn up during each electoral term, and it includes an action programme to reduce emissions in the non-emissions trading sectors, i.e. the effort-sharing sector. This comprises emissions from transport, agriculture, building-specific heating, non-road mobile machinery and waste management, and F-gas emissions.

The implementation of the Medium-term Climate Change Policy Plan is monitored through the annual climate change reports to Parliament that are based on the Climate Change Act. Now the planning system under the Climate Change Act is being implemented side by side with the process to prepare the National Energy and Climate Strategy. The National Energy and Climate Strategies cover the emissions trading, effort sharing and land use sectors.

Medium-term Climate Change Policy Plan paves way for carbon-neutral Finland 2035

The Medium-term Climate Change Policy Plan will be updated in such a way that it meets the Government’s objective to achieve a carbon-neutral Finland by 2035.

To support the drafting process, a working group composed of the key ministries and the Finnish Climate Change Panel as the scientific expert body was appointed in October 2020. 

The draft plan should be completed in autumn 2021 and it will be submitted as a report to Parliament later in the autumn.

The preparation of the new Medium-term Climate Change Policy Plan is coordinated with the preparation process of the new Energy and Climate Strategy. The Climate Change Act will also be updated, in line with the Government Programme.

Citizens’ consultations boost the preparation of the Climate Plan

The preparation of the Climate Plan has been based on an open process where the views of the citizens’ are also heard. Different kinds of stakeholders received information on the drafting process at the Climate Plan 2035 event on 19 January 2021, and the climate survey targeted to the citizens attracted as many as 18,000 responses. During the spring, views of the different parties involved were collected in the discussion event with the Sámi Parliament, through the Citizens’ Jury, in discussions at the Climate Policy Roundtable, and in events concerning justice and equality. The aim was to produce information and develop solutions in support of a climate policy that is as fair and just as possible. When the draft Climate Plan has been completed, everybody will have the opportunity to comment on it in writing.

The materials (in Finnish) of the consultations held so far are available at:

First Medium-term Plan completed in 2017

The first Medium-term Climate Change Policy Plan ‘Towards Climate-Smart Day-to-Day Living’ was completed in 2017. It sets out the measures through which Finland will achieve the target to reduce emissions by 39% by 2030, compared to the levels in 2005. The Medium-term Climate Change Policy Plan further specifies and complements the Energy and Climate Strategy adopted in 2016.

More information

Magnus Cederlöf, Senior Ministerial Adviser 
Ministry of the Environment, Environmental Protection Department, Climate 0295250060