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Finland resolves to be carbon neutral leader

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, June 26 2019   /  01:54 am

The new Finnish left-center government, championed by Social Democrat Prime Minister Antti Rinne, announced earlier this month its aim to make Finland carbon neutral by 2035.Rinne has said that “it is the time to invest for the future” and told his Cabinet to commit to keeping the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as recommended by the United Nations and stated in the Paris Agreement.Finland’s target, which is in line with the European Union’s goal to be a carbon-neutral forerunner by 2050, is one of the world’s fastest targets after Norway’s target by 2030. However, unlike its neighbor, Finland will not count on purchasing international carbon credits — a currency that regulates carbon emissions between countries.Awareness about sustainable living is deep rooted in Finnish society. Helsinki resident Mikko Tanner, for instance, sorts his trash — partly i...