A low-carbon Finland is a great challenge, but an achievable one

Nov 20, 2012

VTT specialists have assessed Finland's chances of achieving the 80% greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. The EU's goal for 2050 is to reduce emissions by at least 80% from the level of 1990.

The goal is a tough one for Finland, but possible to achieve as long as all sectors that produce or consume energy take part. On top of this, all must be reduced. Finland requires new technological solutions for industrial activity, for the transport of people, goods and services, and for housing and working methods. If clean forms of energy and the efficiency of energy use are substantially developed and widely adopted, Finland could become a seller of and clean energy.

Finland benefits from the availability of substantial reserves of renewable energy and a diversified energy structure.

In 2050, 85% of Finnish electricity could be produced free of carbon dioxide. This requires diverse energy production and the widespread adoption of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, in connection with both fossil fuel and biomass use.

If the industry significantly improves its and adopts CCS, 80% of the energy consumed by industry will be carbon-neutral. Resource efficiency must be improved and the use of recycled materials increased.

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More information: VTT's Low Carbon 2050 research project's final report online: www.vtt.fi/inf/pdf/visions/2012/V2.pdf

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Trenchant
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Now if the could just get those pesky volcanic emissions under control...
PPihkala
not rated yet Nov 20, 2012
Now if the could just get those pesky volcanic emissions under control...

Sorry to disappoint you, but here in Finland are no such things like volcanoes. You probably remember the volcanic troubles Iceland caused some time ago. Just look at world map to note that Finland is far from volcanic areas like Iceland.
Trenchant
not rated yet Nov 21, 2012
Apologies, but I did search before I posted. There is much disinformation on the internet.
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