Some Finnish scientists question the Finnish government’s bio economy policy and the aim to increase the use of bio energy. Minister for Agriculture and Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen strongly defends the policy. He thinks it is a must to increase the use of bio energy to cut back emissions. Minister Tiilikainen emphasises that the world needs to stop using fossil fuels and bio energy is the fastest way to replace them. Bio fuels and forests’ carbon sinks have been discussed since the European Commission gave Finland new, high emissions reduction goals. Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen believes Finland can meet with the new goals, and bio fuels give Finland a head start in the prevention of climate change. According to Minister Tiilikainen, also the EU has understood the importance of bio energy.
Journalist: Maria Pohjala, Jarmo Palokallio
Main source: Ministers Kimmo Tiilikainen and Kai Mykkänen