Government foresight report on climate and energy policy
The foresight report outlines long-term climate and energy policy
Towards a thriving low-carbon Finland
The Government adopted in October 2009 the Foresight Report on Long-term Climate and Energy Policy. Setting a target to reduce Finland’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent from the 1990 level by 2050 as part of an international effort, the report marks out the road to a low-carbon Finland in 2050.
The report guidelines will steer Government work during the forthcoming electoral periods. It will be necessary to involve not only municipalities, enterprises and different kinds of organisations but also private individuals in the joint effort to combat climate change. The implementation of the foresight report will be monitored as part of climate and energy policy measures.
Summary also available in Chinese
Foresight reports have been issued once every electoral period and they have focused on issues significant to the nation’s future. Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen’s second Government Programme included a decision to draw up a foresight report on climate and energy policy. Work on the report was commenced in autumn 2007 when Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen invited a ministerial steering group, a ministerial working group on climate and energy strategy and a group of specialists in the field to a start-up seminar at Kesäranta, the Prime Minister’s official residence.
The preparation of the report has been carried out at the Prime Minister’s Office in cooperation with the key ministries. The authors have consulted with a group of experts and over a hundred other specialists and representatives of stakeholders who have participated in a variety of workshops and thematic discussions. Citizens and stakeholders have been encouraged to present their views via Internet questionnaires and online discussions.