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Ten municipalities to become forerunners of the circular economy

Ten Finnish municipalities − Ii, Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Porvoo, Riihimäki, Rovaniemi, Turku and Vantaa − have committed themselves to promoting the circular economy in an ambitious an...

2017-11-20
Efficient nutrient recycling calls for a policy reform

According to a recent Finnish study, efficient utilisation of nutrients requires a policy reform. Normative guidance should better support the processing of organic side streams, such as manure, into ...

2017-10-20
Swan Ecolabel to promote circular economy

The Nordic Swan Ecolabel could be further developed with the aim of promoting a circular economy by setting criteria for recycled products and environmentally friendly sharing economy services. Requir...

2017-09-21
In a circular economy materials need to be recycled – not hazardous substances

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 pu...

2017-06-05
HINKU municipalities reduce climate emissions by nearly a third in eight years

Emissions from municipalities in the Carbon Neutral Municipalities (HINKU) network declined by an average 29 percent in 2007 - 2015. The greatest decreases in emissions were in the municipality of Ii ...

2017-03-29
The new calculator shows how consumption contributes to nutrient pollution in the Baltic Sea

With the calculator developed by the Finnish Environment Institute and the Natural Resources Institute Finland, consumers can determine the impacts of their consumption habits on nutrient pollution in...

2017-02-03
Low levels of environmental toxins in Lapland, climate change and new chemicals the main risks

The Finnish Lapland is renowned for its purity, even if environmental toxins are present at low concentrations in the air, water and living organisms. The main concern in the Arctic region is the long...

2016-08-24
A new research project analyses synergies between ecolabels, product environmental footprint and circular economy

The objective of the three-year project “The Nordic Swan Ecolabel, Circular Economy and Product Environmental Footprint” by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is to explore what kind of new info...

2016-07-01
Joint procurement of solar power plants to cover 34 municipalities – Tampere Hall to receive its own solar panels

34 municipalities intend to take part in the joint procurement of solar power plants organised by the Finnish Environment Institute and KL-Kuntahankinnat Oy. Of the largest cities, Helsinki, Tampere, ...

2016-07-01
New operative system for managing the water balance of mines

A new tool has been developed for predicting and managing the water balance of mines, which can be used to calculate the water balances of a mining area and produce forecasts to support mining operati...

2016-06-14
The climate challenge requires significant new innovations for Finnish wood use

An international agreement was made in Paris to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. However, a recent study shows that the current Finnish wood bioeconomy fails to m...

2016-04-27
All municipalities in mainland Finland invited to participate in the joint procurement of solar power

The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has launched a joint procurement of solar power systems, inviting all municipalities and municipal enterprises in Finland to increase their use of solar power. T...

2016-03-02
Investigating long-range transported contaminants in Finnish Lapland

There is little information available on the presence and concentration of contaminants commonly used in consumer goods in the living environment. The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), the Nationa...

2016-02-23
New methods improve the quality of environmental impact assessments

New methods make it easier to recognise and systematically assess the most significant environmental impacts of various projects, and to illustrate the results. They also improve the participation pos...

2016-01-14
Doctoral dissertation: Enhancing microbial activity contributes to the remediation of soil and groundwater contaminated with pesticides

The addition of carbon, which is required as a nutrient by the microorganisms in soil and groundwater, was found to be the most promising remediation method in the remediation of soil and groundwater ...

2015-02-10
Emissions by carbon-neutral municipalities down by almost 20 per cent in six years

Sixteen municipalities involved in the Towards Carbon-Neutral Municipalities (Canemu, HINKU in Finnish) project reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 19% between 2007 and 2012. The g...

2014-05-14
Latest IPCC report: Climate change poses risks to the well-being of nature and people – but there are ways of mitigating these risks

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has approved the second part of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), titled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, at the IPCC ...

2014-04-28
Bioenergy from sustainable forestry does not meet EU emission reduction criteria

Photo: Anna Repo The levels of forest residue bioenergy, considered to be sustainable from a forestry perspective, may provide considerable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in ...

2014-03-25
Environmental impacts of the financial crisis evident

The prolonged financial crisis that began in 2008 has evidently affected the environment in Finland, according to a report on the State of the Environment in Finland 2013 freshly published by SYKE. Th...

2014-02-05
New recommendations for the Archipelago Sea: fish-based feed, integration of fish farms and planning control

Extraction of Baltic Sea fish recommended for fish feed. This would enable the recycling of marine nutrients and eliminate the need for fish feed imports. This is one of the recommendations jointly dr...

2013-10-25