With the publication of the country’s new climate strategy on November 24th,2016, Finland joined the ranks of the world nations setting a definitive end for coal-sourced energy production. Alongside measures to increase the use of renewable energy and realize energy self-sufficiency over the coming years, Finland’s Energy and Climate Strategy officially bans the use of coal in energy production from the year 2030 on.

Finland’s new strategy puts it in line with those of a handful of other nations that have contributed to paving the path towards a coal-less energy future. Among these, the UK announced its proposed cessation of coal-powered energy production by 2025 in the run up to the Paris climate summit where the Paris Agreement would be launched. France joined the UK at this year’s UN climate summit in Marrakech, setting its own date for the end of coal-produced power as 2023. Most recently, an announcement by Canada’s Environment Minister on the 22nd of November placed the country, a heavy coal-producer and exporter, at the head of the rising tide.

With these ambitious energy transition plans, these four countries are strong indications of the positive progress being made towards the climate goals set in the Paris agreement.

Green Business article on Finland’s announcement

The Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment’s brief summary of the ambitious measures set in the new energy and climate strategy

Read about Canada’s decision to ban coal-produced power

Carbon Brief is tracking the UK’s progress towards its target

The Independent reports on France’s plans

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