Good execution of energy policy could serve as a big step towards a renewable society. Implementation of the directives on emissions trading and renewable energy calls for sound judgement. Forest industry has many advantages on fighting against the climate change, but forest industry is able to do its’ share on this battle, if only the industry’s operating prerequisites are taken care of.
Finnish forest industry has an important role in the national climate and energy strategy
The national climate and energy strategy cast the forest industry into a substantial role as a processor of renewable raw materials and a producer of renewable energy. During an economic slump it is wise to develop country’s core competencies and to make effective use of the national natural resources. For Finland, this means that we should focus on the development of competitive wood processing operations and the exploitation of domestic timber.
It is important to improve the operating prerequisites of a regenerating forest sector for the sake of the national economy. The legislators of the Eduskunta, Finland’s parliament, should show wisdom and far-sightedness in their handling of the climate and energy strategy. The Eduskunta should take a positive stance on the construction of more nuclear power. Reasonably priced electricity is one of the most central means through which the industry’s competitiveness can be upheld in Finland. Our country needs more emission-free nuclear power to promote energy self-sufficiency, replace outgoing capacity and satisfy the growing demand for electricity.
The abolishment of the electricity tax and the adoption of cost-effective steering mechanisms for the promotion of renewable energy are also important issues in controlling energy costs of the forest industry in Finland.
Energy intensive industry needs emissions allowances free of charge
The retention of successful manufacturing sectors in Europe is a central challenge in the application of energy policy guidelines in practice. In order to stop possible carbon leakage, energy-intensive industries need to be granted emissions allowances free of charge. This has already received a political blessing, but it is in Finland’s interest to keep pressing the matter.
Renewable raw materials from the sources nearby
Adding to the production of renewable energy also calls for diverse and increased utilisation of wood, a raw material that can be sourced in our immediate surroundings. Accordingly, the renewable energy directive raises the further utilisation of wood as a central goal.
Promoting the diverse use of wood furthers the achievement of climate objectives via several different routes. Products that are made from wood bind carbon and can replace goods, which are manufactured from non-renewable raw materials. Furthermore, it is possible to efficiently produce renewable energy in conjunction with wood processing operations.
Commission is preparing criteria for the sustainable use of biomass. Europe’s established criteria for sustainable forestry must be acknowledged in this work. Modern and sustainable forest management practices will enable Europe to produce wood for many different purposes.