Finnish companies come together for new climate change initiative

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The Climate Leadership Council, launched on Wednesday by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and six large companies, encourages clean-tech innovations and other ideas that allow businesses and individuals to be forerunners in slowing down climate change.

The organization's missionl is to combat climate change and help protect the environment.

The companies are Neste Oil, energy companies Fortum and ST1, lift firm Kone, tech company Outotec and building lifecycle firm Caverion.

According to the founders, the best way to deal with global challenges is to use sustainable practices.

Kone’s chairman, Antti Herlin, sees possibilities in the challenges presented by climate change

“Finnish companies have all the prerequisites to be international leaders,” says Herlin.

One of the main goals of the organization is to provide testing and presenting areas in the Helsinki capital region where clean-tech inventions can be presented to companies.

Broad backing for climate-protection law in Finland

A recent survey indicates that nearly 80 percent of voters in Finland back proposed legislation aimed at massive cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases over the next few decades.

The draft legislation, which the government plans to bring before Parliament before the summer, is intended to slash 80 percent of airborne emissions in Finland by the year 2050. If passed, the law will require each new cabinet to approve a mid-term climate protection plan. Long-term plans will be required every ten years.

Sectors that are not included in the system of emissions trading, such as agriculture, transport and housing will come under a new government-drafted plan during each term of Parliament.

According to the survey, which was commissioned from the pollster Taloustutkimus by the NGO Kepa, nearly four-fifths of voters back the planned legislation as a means to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. Only 15 percent were found to oppose it. Another 5 percent said they did not see measures to fight climate change as an important issue.

A full two-thirds of the 1000 people polled early last month said they want to see the government to take tougher action to battle climate change.


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