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Green economy

The wellbeing of human and environment can improve simultaneously

In recent years, the concept of green economy has replaced the somewhat outdated sustainable development in global visions. However, the core issue is largely the same: securing sufficient economic wellbeing while reducing the environmental costs.

Enhancing eco-efficiency has long been an environmental policy objective. This has succeeded well in Finland, and the environmental impact has in some respects even decreased, despite almost continuous economic growth. The taxation, on the other hand is only slowly becoming greener.

Finland was placed eighth in the 2012 Sustainable Society Index. With respect to indicators evaluating only environmental wellbeing, Finland ranks 103. Many countries are ahead in the use of renewable energy, while our high standard of living results in high levels of consumption and of greenhouse gas emissions. Under the indicators measuring human and economic wellbeing Finland is among the top nations.

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Published 2014-04-02 at 15:09, updated 2015-04-15 at 14:53