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Finland to be carbon neutral by 2045, says minister

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Environment Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen says that Nordic countries should be world leaders in climate policy.

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He says Finland could reach its Paris Climate Agreement goals well ahead of schedule and be carbon-neutral by the year 2045. Environmental organisations and the Green Party disagree with the proposal.

Last November, governments throughout the world signed on to the Paris climate accord to try and get a grip on their carbon emissions. The agreement was ratified by 132 countries, Finland among them.

Now, Environment Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen claims the government could reach its target of becoming carbon neutral even earlier than the agreement estimates.

Tiilikainen holds that Finland could meet the goals by the year 2045, meaning that the country would have a quarter of a century to achieve its goal after the Paris Agreement's country-specific measures are set to begin in 2020.

"Sweden has a similar schedule," the minister says. "The Nordic countries could well develop their carbon neutrality together."

Technically carbon neutrality means cutting CO2 emissions so that they are absorbed by the country's abundant natural forests.

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