Finland and Canada Are Racing to Become the First Country to Ban Coal

Good news for the environment, bad news for parents who want to send their children a message on Christmas morning.

Finland plans to be the first country in the world to ban coal.

The kind-of-Scandinavian country currently derives 10 per cent of its energy from the pollution-heavy rock and wants to see it phased out completely by 2030.

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The Finnish ministry of economic affairs and employment released a climate and energy strategy (link merely for decor given it’s in Finnish) yesterday that will hopefully see Finland become carbon neutral and rely entirely on renewable energy by 2050. There’s certainly plenty of #inspo in close proximity – Norway runs on 100% renewable power.

Canada, meanwhile, announced last week that it will also try to ban coal by 2030.

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“Taking traditional coal power out of our energy mix and replacing it with cleaner technologies will significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, improve the health of Canadians, and benefit generations for years to come,” said environment minister Kathleen McKenna.

Four of Canada’s 10 provinces currently use coal-based electricity, which makes up nine per cent of the country’s total energy output.

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