Finland to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions with Long Range Emission Goals

HELSINKI, Finland, Oct. 17 (UPI) — Finland aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 through tougher building standards and electric cars, officials said.

Government incentives and mandates will encourage Finnish residents to be more energy efficient in housing, transportation and food production, a government report on climate change said.


Under the new policy, buildings must use 60 percent less energy than they do now, cars must reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 90 percent and waste management facilities must curb emissions from landfills, Helsingin Sanomat reported Saturday.

The policy means Finland will see more electric cars and the use of alternative fuels in cars with internal combustion engines, Finish climate expert Oras Tynkkynen said.

The policy represents the first time Finland has set long-term targets for emission reduction.

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