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. Currently the planning system under the Climate Change Act is coordinated with the preparation process of the Energy and Climate Strategy, which covers the emissions trading, effort-sharing and land use sectors.

Medium-term Climate Change Policy Plan paves the way for a 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 will be completed in summer 2021 and it will be submitted as a report to Parliament in autumn 2021.

The preparation of the new Medium-term Climate Change Policy Plan is coordinated with the preparation process of the new Energy and Climate Strategy in 2020–2021 As stated in the Government Programme, the Climate Change Act will also be updated and the new Act will enter into force in 2021.

First Medium-term Plan completed in 2017

The first Medium-term Climate Change 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 Plan of 2017 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