Renewable energy in Finland

In line with the goals of the Energy and Climate Strategy and Finland’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan, Finland aims to increase the use of renewable energy from the current levels. The goal is for the share of renewable energy in Finland’s energy production to grow by 9.5 percentage points from the level in 2005 by 2020, when its share of Finland’s energy consumption would be 38 per cent. Finland’s long-term goal is a carbon-free society. In 2005, renewable energy’s share in Finland’s primary energy production was approximately 28.5 per cent.

Energy and Climate Strategy updated in 2016

Finland’s government confirmed the National Energy and Climate Strategy for 2030 on 24 November 2016. The strategy outlines concrete measures and objectives which will help Finland to achieve the energy and climate goals agreed on in the Government Programme of Prime Minister Sipilä's government and in the EU. Finland’s long-term goal is a carbon-free society. The National Energy and Climate Strategy was approved in 2013.

Finland’s long-term goal is a carbon-free society.

National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP)

Every member state of the European Union had to deliver a National Renewable Energy Action Plan to the European Union by 30 June 2010. The plan presents estimates on the final energy consumption for 2010–2020, goals and development outlooks for renewable energy and political aid measures.

A third of energy is renewable

In terms of the use of renewable energy, Finland is among the leading EU countries together with Sweden, Latvia and Austria. In Sweden and Austria, water power accounts for a substantial part of the production of renewable energy. In Finland, the focus is clearly on wood and biobased, recycled fuels.

In 2014, renewable energy accounted for 442.2 PJ – or 33 per cent – of total energy consumption. In 2010, the share was 32 per cent.

All in all, energy consumption in Finland in 2014 amounted to 1,340 petajoule (PJ), which was 2.4 per cent less than in 2013, when energy consumption amounted to a total of 1,373 PJ.

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