Monday 28 November 2016

Finland unveils plans to phase out coal by 2030

Finland unveils plans to phase out coal by 2030

Finland has announced it will phase out coal by 2030.

That's part of the government's 'Energy and Climate Strategy for 2030 and Beyond', which aims to get rid of the dirty fossil fuel from its energy system and reduce oil imports by half in the next 14 years.

The country also plans to make its energy system carbon neutral by 2050 by replacing these sources with renewables, biofuels and boosting energy efficiency.

The government expects renewables to account for 50% of total energy consumption by 2030. It will aims to increase the number of electric vehicles on the roads to 250,000 and biofuel cars to 50,000.

Last week, Canada and France also announced they will phase out coal by the same period.

In the UK the government has launched a consultation to test its plans to close all coal-fired plants by 2025.

Finland's Economic Affairs Minister Oli Rehn said: "Utilising the potential of Finnish renewable energy to produce electricity at an industrial level is one of the central questions in achieving long term energy and climate goals. The national climate and energy strategy decided today in the Cabinet meets the tough targets from a Finnish standpoint."

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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