Tuesday’s Newspapers: Climate Roadmap, PCN Goes Right and Wooden Clothes | News
Finland aims to be carbon neutral by 2035.
Finland’s five-party, female-led government has made headlines around the world since Prime Minister Sanna Marin took office in December, but on Monday, leaders met to discuss how they could achieve a goal that predates Marin’s tenure as prime minister: to make the country’s economy carbon neutral by 2035 .
It is one of the most ambitious climate goals in the world, but the government has been criticized for its lack of concrete measures to achieve it.
On Monday, at a seminar in eastern Helsinki, the five women heads of government agreed to some first steps.
Last fall, our All Points North podcast examined Finland’s climate policy and asked if the government was doing enough to meet its lofty goals. You can listen to the show through this built-in player, Yle Areena, Spotify, iTunes or your normal pod player using the RSS feed.
The money for this fund will amount to hundreds of millions of euros over the government’s four-year tenure, and the money will come from Vake, a “public investment and development company” created by the previous one. Juha sipilä government to invest in Finnish infrastructure.
Other measures include reducing the electricity tax to the minimum prescribed by the EU for industry, with the aim of encouraging sectors like steel to move away from coal and fossil fuels, and emission targets specific to each sector in the economy.
The peat industry, however, has remained intact. After many disputes over the extraction of carbon-intensive resources, the government decided to create a task force on peat.
This is seen as a victory for the Center Party, close to the rural owners, but perhaps not for the environment. BBC crew tackled complicated issue in film (siirryt toiseen palveluun) published before Christmas, which showed the role Finnish municipalities play in exploiting the high carbon resource.
NCP reflects on Finnish Party cooperation
The Finnish political scene was a bit shaken on Saturday when Iltalehti published a poll (siirryt toiseen palveluun) suggesting that 82 percent of conservative National Coalition Party (NCP) officials and politicians surveyed would consider forming a government with the Finnish Party.
Wille rydman, a Helsinki deputy of the NCP, said in an interview (siirryt toiseen palveluun) with Helsingin Sanomat that the party should not have refused to work with the hard line of immigration Jussi Halla-aho when he took the leadership of the Finnish Party.
This decision caused a collapse of the government, a split in the Finnish Party and a rump of MPs from that party supporting a new administration headed by Sipilä.
It also allowed the Finnish Party under Halla-aho to return to the opposition and regain lost support, leading to a situation where the party now leads the polls.
So what should the center-right do? Rydman believes that if the government had continued as before, the NCP might have won the last election.
He also said the party should use its time in opposition to repair relations with the Finnish Party, possibly in view of a new government.
If the polls remain as they are and are reproduced in the next election, the Finnish Party would be tasked with forming a government and its most likely partner would be the NCP.
This situation has given rise to numerous public debates on the subject among the actors and agitators of the NCP.
head of the NCP Petteri Orpo defended the decision to deny Halla-aho a place in government, other MPs kept their options open, while the mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori said in a blog post that the two sides were too far apart on human rights, climate change and the EU to consider cooperation.
Helsingin Sanomat examines (siirryt toiseen palveluun) the question Tuesday, plotting where parties stand on different issues based on MPs’ responses to IT election questions.
The two parties are apparently closest to each other in their opposition to using pensioners’ wealth to finance elderly care, arguing that the benefit system is too large for the economy to be able to use. support it, and that parliament should approve a new nuclear power plant.
They were furthest away on the EU, on NATO and on whether or not multiculturalism had benefited Finland.
Wooden clothes on the way
Ioncell technology has already been used for the dress worn by First Lady Jenni Haukio at the Independence Day Ball, but IS reports it’s getting closer to full-scale production.
In a few months, they hope to accelerate the pace, produce 500 tonnes of material per year and get closer to a solution for the general public.
Nicolas von meyer, who runs the Metsä Spring company which owns half the operation, says he can see 50,000 tonnes of birch pulp per year going into textile production.
This would be a total several times greater than the current imports of t-shirts into Finland, suggesting that in the future we may all end up wearing wood.