Broad backing for climate protection law in Finland

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A forest scene in Finland. Draft legislation intends to slash 80% of airborne emissions in Finland by the year 2050.(iStock)
A forest scene in Finland. Draft legislation intends to slash 80% of airborne emissions in Finland by the year 2050.(iStock)
A new survey indicates that nearly 80% of voters in Finland back proposed legislation aimed at massive cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases over the next few decades.

The draft legislation, which the government plans to bring before Parliament before the summer, is intended to slash 80% of airborne emissions in Finland by the year 2050. If passed, the law will require each new cabinet to approve a mid-term climate protection plan. Long-term plans will be required every ten years.

Sectors that are not included in the system of emissions trading, such as agriculture, transport and housing will come under a new government-drafted plan during each term of Parliament.

According to a survey commissioned from the pollster Taloustutkimus by the NGO Kepa, nearly four-fifths of voters back the planned legislation as a means to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. Only 15% were found to oppose it. Another 5% said they did not see measures to fight climate change as an important issue.

A full two-thirds of the 1000 people polled early last month said they want to see the government to take tougher action to battle climate change.

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