On 27 February, the Government set up a climate policy round table in connection with the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development. The Climate Policy Round Table will be in place for the tenure of the Government. A variety of sectors in society and industries are represented in the project. Prime Minister Sanna Marin will chair the Climate Policy Round Table. The Round Table has 28 members. CLC’s member organisations are represented by Mari Kiviniemi, the Finnish Commerce Federation, Jukka Leskelä, Finnish Energy, Juha Marttila, the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK), Mari Pantsar, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, and Helena Soimakallio, Technology Industries of Finland. Eeva Furman from the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE is also a member, representing the Expert Panel for Sustainable Development, as is Ari Alatossava, Mayor of Ii and permanent expert at Micropolis in Ii, representing the Hinku municipalities.
“I’m delighted that the Government will have the top specialists from different sectors supporting our climate efforts. Having the key players of our economy along shows that the mitigation of climate change and the opportunities it offers are very important to the Finnish society as a whole. The activities of CLC and its members have shown excellent leadership,” says Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Krista Mikkonen.
“The need for rapid climate change mitigation has grown dramatically in recent years. CLC has highlighted the fact that mitigating climate change requires new innovation and solutions that are globally scalable.
These solutions will generate huge business opportunities for companies in the Nordic countries. It is great that Finland wants to be at the forefront of this development. On behalf of CLC, warm congratulations to the Climate Policy Round Table; it is an honour to be involved,” says Henrik Ehrnrooth, Chair of the board of CLC.
“Climate transformation is such a large project that the entire society needs to be engaged. We hope that the Climate Policy Round Table will give new momentum to our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our carbon handprint. It’s great that our work is appreciated and that so many of our members are involved in the Round Table,” says Jouni Keronen, CLC’s CEO, who will also serve as Vice-Chair of the Climate Policy Round Table with Minister of Economic Affairs, Katri Kulmuni, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Krista Mikkonen, and Youth Climate Delegate Sara Nyman.
The carbon handprint of some Finnish companies illustrates how our businesses create solutions that can reduce their customers’ emissions worldwide: Outotec’s six energy-efficient solutions led to a reduction of 6.6 million CO2 tonnes in 2019, Neste’s renewable products to a reduction of 9.6 million CO2 tonnes and Stora Enso’s renewable materials, which replace fossil materials, reduced CO2 emissions by an estimated 20 million CO2 tonnes. Just three of our members already account for an impact that corresponds to more than 75% of Finland’s net emissions.
CLC is the largest climate-business NGO in the EU as measured by number of member organisations. The members include 64 organisations – 44 companies, six cities, eight research institutes and universities, and six other organisations. Its members’ stock market value is more than half of that of the Helsinki Stock Exchange. The Coalition’s members believe that a profound transition by society towards sustainable consumption habits and economy is not only possible but also economically viable and financeable.
Jouni Keronen, Chief Executive Officer, Climate Leadership Coalition, jouni.keronen(at)clc.fi, tel.: +358 50 4534881