Natural resources

Well-being in Finland largely based on natural resources in other parts of the world

Emission reductions largely depend on trends in fuel use and improvements in industrial processes and waste treatment methods. A significant share of Finland’s economic growth in recent decades has been built on the use of natural resources in other countries. This has helped to reduce emissions in Finland, since the environmental loads generated during the manufacture of imported goods primarily affect their countries of origin.

To reduce the use of natural resources we need to increase our eco-efficiency by producing goods and services using smaller amounts of resources, with lower emissions. We have successfully done this in recent years, since Finland’s gross national product has risen proportionally faster than energy consumption, natural resource use and carbon dioxide emissions. These increases in eco-efficiency have been most pronounced since the mid-1990s.

National indicators

Published 2014-03-20 at 16:42, updated 2015-04-15 at 8:26