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Finland supports EU’s ambitious 90% net emissions reduction target, but with reservations on nuclear power and technical carbon sequestration

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 25, 2024
EU’s Kai Mykkänen on EU’s 2040 climate goal: “This will be a challenging journey”

Finland has expressed support for the European Union’s 90 percent net emission reduction target, but with reservations. The environment ministers of EU member states met in Brussels to discuss the Union’s 2040 climate goal, which was proposed by the EU Commission in February. The goal aims to achieve a 90 percent net emission reduction from levels recorded in 1990, with a focus on both emission reductions and carbon removal.

Kai Mykkänen, Finland’s Minister of Environment and Climate, emphasized the importance of proceeding technology-neutrally and accepting nuclear power as a clean energy source. He also advocated for incentives for technical carbon sequestration at the EU level. Mykkänen acknowledged that achieving the emission reductions in Finland would require a significant transition in industry, with a focus on green technologies in sectors like steel and refinery. Carbon dioxide recovery in forest industry units was also highlighted as an important aspect of meeting emission reduction goals.

The discussion at the Environmental Council marked the beginning of a long process towards reaching the 2040 climate goal. Despite uncertainties in the land use sector and challenges in defining clean energy sources, Finland believes in the potential of technical sinks to help achieve a net reduction increase of more than five million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The Commission’s actual legislative proposal will be made after the summer European elections, and it remains to be seen how other countries will approach this ambitious goal.

By Samantha Nguyen

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