Eeva Furman
Research Professor Eeva Furman. © SYKE / Kai Widell

Group of Scientists: The state of global sustainable development is serious, solutions exist

Press release 2019-09-11, Finnish Environment Institute
The Independent Group of Scientists appointed by the UN has assessed the state of global sustainable development as worrying. Although positive developments can be found in the world, certain issues may prevent further progress. The Independent Group of Scientists has identified six key issues and the means necessary to improve the direction. The Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 was published in New York on 11th September 2019.

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Environment ministers meet to set EU priorities for UN Climate Conference in Santiago and to agree on the next steps to promote the circular economy

2019-10-03
The Environment Council of the EU will meet in Luxembourg on Friday 4 October 2019 to agree on EU priorities for the UN climate negotiations, which will take place in Santiago de Chile in December. The Council also aims to adopt conclusions on the next steps in promoting the circular economy more vigorously within the EU. The meeting will be chaired by Finnish Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen.
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SYKE Policy Brief: Quantitative goals need to be set for reducing use of raw materials

2019-09-30
A circular economy makes it possible to significantly reduce the consumption of raw materials. The advancement of a circular economy requires ambitious quantitative goals for the reduction of the use of raw materials, according to the SYKE Policy Brief that was made public today. The Policy Brief will be distributed at the European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy conference in Helsinki 30 September–1 October 2019.
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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.

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SYKE Policy Brief: A circular economy allows a significant reduction in the consumption of natural resourches
A circular economy makes it possible to significantly reduce the consumption of raw materials.