Finland bans use of coal for energy production after 2030 and plans for imported oil to be cut in half, renewable transport fuels to rise by 40%

By 2030 the use of coal for energy production will be banned in Finland, while the use of imported oil for domestic needs will be cut in half.

Coal use has been in decline in Finland for several years and currently accounts for just eight per cent of total energy consumption in Finland. The pledge to phase it out completely from the energy system echoes similar promises made by a host of countries including the UK, France and, most recently, Canada.

To spur clean energy investment, the Finnish government said it will create new support programmes for renewable energy, based on the principle of technology neutrality and delivered according to “economic priorities”.

The launch of the new strategy comes just a couple of weeks after the country ratified the Paris climate treaty. To date 113 parties have ratified the Paris Agreement, representing 79 per cent of global emissions.