Harmful substances

In a circular economy materials need to be recycled – not hazardous substances

Press release, June 5, 2017, Finnish Environment Institute
In a circular economy the aim is for products and materials to be kept in use for as long as possible, but the material cycles should not impose risks on people or the environment. The Policy Brief publication of the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) contains recommendations on how to get hazardous materials out of circulation. Read more

Blue-green algae bloom near shore. Photo: Niina Yliknuussi
Blue-green algae bloom near shore. Photo: Niina Yliknuussi

Significant blue-green algae blooms possible in Finnish marine areas during 2017 summer

Press release, June 1 2017, Finnish Environment Institute
The risk for vast blue-green algae blooms in the Gulf of Finland is greater than during previous years. The exceptional nutritional conditions are caused partially by major Baltic inflows from the North Sea in 2014 and 2016, which allowed the phosphorous deepwater to reach the Gulf of Finland. In addition, the lack of winter ice and the windy winter mixed the water layers and brought nutrition to the surface layer of the Gulf of Finland. More

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New action plan to boost Finland’s sustainable urban development

The Ministry of the Environment of Finland is launching a national action plan for sustainable urban development. The priorities are, in particular, low-carbon approach, efficient use of resources, smart services, health and combating inequality.
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Asuinalue pieni

Finns value urban living

According to the latest “Asukasbarometri” (Residents’ barometer) survey, more and more Finns want to live in an urban environment. Urbanisation is also seen in changes in life style such as the increased popularity of cafés and an increase in cycling

The state of the environment in Finland 2017

The state of the environment in Finland 2017 - the second information package is looking at the circular economy.



Forest carbon sinks must be included in bioeconomy sustainability assessments

Forest carbon sinks reduce the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide content. The utilisation of wood and forests inevitably affects carbon sinks, which is an issue that must be considered when seeking cost-effective means for mitigating climate change. Increasing carbon sinks is important for achieving the goals of the Paris climate agreement. Read more