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.

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.

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 2015, renewable energy accounted for 454.6 PJ – or 35 per cent – of total energy consumption.

All in all, energy consumption in Finland in 2015 amounted to 1,306,3 petajoule (PJ), which was 3.2 per cent less than in 2014, when energy consumption amounted to a total of 1,349,2 PJ.

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Page last updated 5.10.2017

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