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Greenhouse gas emissions of the Finnish economy (125.8 Mt CO2e in total) divided by purposes in 2015. Domestic final use can be also seen as carbon footprint of Finland. The footprint was 33% bigger than the territorial emissions (55.2 Mt CO2e) which form the basis of the official national emission inventories. © SYKE

Carbon footprint of Finnish household consumption increasing, carbon footprint of public procurement calculated for the first time

News 2020-02-27 Finnish Environment Institute
The consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions have not decreased between years 2005 and 2015 although the territorial emissions decreased substantially The majority of consumption-based emissions are generated by household consumption. Investments and public procurement also account for significant shares of total emissions.

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Delays expected at construction sites due to decrease in workforce

The Government has decided to restrict the traffic at borders starting on 19 March 2020. This also concerns commuting to work across the borders. The restrictions have impacts on the Finnish construction sector, which has a lot of foreign workforce. The Ministry of the Environment has compiled questions and answers on the new situation.
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Road traffic is a significant source of microplastics

A report compiled by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has produced a clearer picture of litter in the Finnish marine environment. On beaches close to residential areas 90% of the litter visible to the naked eye is composed of various plastic and foam plastic products, and cigarette butts are the most common type of plastic waste. Road traffic is the most significant source of microplastics.
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Assessment of the status of Finland’s waters

Status of lakes and rivers about the same as before, coastal waters have deteriorated

A new assessment of the ecological status1) of surface waters in Finland shows that 87% of the surface area of our lakes and 68% of our rivers are in good or very good condition. Eutrophication is still the most significant problem. There have been no major changes in the status of inland waters since 2013, except for some improvement in certain sites. The status of the Gulf of Finland has improved, but for the most part the status of coastal waters is not good. The risks associated with groundwater have not increased.


SYKE Policy Brief: Ecological compenstions are worth taking into use
In ecological compensation local damage caused by construction or industry is offset by improving biodiversity elsewhere.