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The Climate Policy Roundtable will hold its 13th meeting on Tuesday 22 February. The meeting will focus on the assessment of the measures to be included in the Medium-term Climate Change Policy Plan (KAISU). The Roundtable is chaired by Prime Minister Sanna Marin.

The Medium-term Climate Change Policy Plan describes the measures to be taken in the effort-sharing sector to achieve the EU target concerning emission reductions by 2030 and the target of a carbon-neutral Finland by 2035. The effort-sharing sector comprises emissions from transport, agriculture, building-specific heating, non-road mobile machinery and waste management, and F-gas emissions. The Climate and Energy Strategy, which mainly concerns the emissions trading sector, and the climate plan for the land use sector that comprises land use and forestry will be completed within the next few months.

Discussion based on statements on the Plan

In accordance with the decision of the government budget session last autumn, the relevant research institutes (Finnish Climate Change Panel, Finnish Environment Institute, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finnish Meteorological Institute and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) have submitted their own assessments of the adequacy of the measures included in the draft version of the Medium-term Climate Change Policy Plan. In addition, the Climate Change Policy Plan was circulated for comments from December to January, and 210 statements were received.

The discussion in the Climate Policy Roundtable will contribute to the work of the Ministerial Working Group on Climate and Energy Policy concerning the whole package of climate measures.

The Climate Policy Roundtable brings together a broad spectrum of stakeholders from different sectors of society. The purpose of the Roundtable is to create a common understanding of how Finland can make a just transition to a carbon neutral society by 2035. With its work, the Roundtable supports the preparation and implementation of Finland’s national climate policy.

To follow the work of the Roundtable in social media use #ilmastonpyöreäpöytä and #hiilineutraali2035.

Source: Ministry of the Environment

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