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EU Environment Ministers Gather to Discuss 2040 Climate Goal: Finland Urges Technology-Neutral Approach and Emphasizes the Importance of Carbon Capture and Storage

BySamantha Jones

Mar 25, 2024
EU’s Kai Mykkänen on EU’s 2040 climate goal: “This will be a challenging journey”

In Brussels, environment ministers from EU member states gathered to discuss the Union’s 2040 climate goal, proposed by the EU Commission in February. The goal aims to achieve a 90 percent net emission reduction from 1990 levels, with a focus on both emission reductions and carbon removal.

While Finland supports this target, the country has certain reservations. Minister of Environment and Climate Kai Mykkänen emphasized the importance of proceeding technology-neutrally and accepting nuclear power as a clean energy source. Additionally, incentives for technical carbon sequestration at the EU level should be put in place.

The discussion at the Environmental Council meeting was the first official debate on the 2040 climate goal, with many countries yet to form their positions. Mykkänen acknowledged that achieving the emission reductions in Finland would require a significant transition in industry, with a focus on green technologies in sectors like steel and refinery. Carbon dioxide recovery in forest industry units was also highlighted as an important aspect of meeting emission reduction goals.

Despite uncertainties in the land use sector and challenges in defining clean energy sources, Finland believes in the potential of technical sinks to help achieve a net reduction increase of more than five million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The discussion at the Environmental Council marked the beginning of a long process towards reaching the 2040 climate goal, with a focus on cost-effective emission reductions and transitioning towards cleaner technologies.

By Samantha Jones

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