Finland to eliminate coal usage by 2030

Finland to eliminate coal usage by 2030

Finland is following in the footsteps of Canada after announcing it plans to phase out coal usage by 2030 in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The pledge is part of Finnish Government’s energy and climate strategy which is targeting carbon-neutral energy production based on renewable biofuels by 2050.

The announcement comes days after Canadian Environment Minister Kathleen McKenna said the North American country will phase out coal by the same date.

Finland has already committed significant resources to the clean energy agenda. In 2012 it increased investments in renewable energy sources, leading to a near doubling of wind power capacity the following year.

Currently, coal generates a meagre 8% of Finland’s energy requirements.