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Home BUSINESSGovt to ban coal use in power plants by 2030
Thu, 03 Nov, 2016 12:08:14 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Nov 3
File Photo – Lehtikuva.
The government plans to prohibit the use of coal for energy production by 2030, reported a Finnish language daily, Helsingin Sanomat. 
According to the newspaper, the new guideline has been incorporated in the energy and climate strategy to be placed before parliament at the end of this month.
The coal ban could be written into law. The leader of the strategy preparations, Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn told the newspaper that the strategy outlines very clearly that the use of coal will be stopped and prohibited by law.
Upon realisation of the ban, Finland would be, according to the newspaper, the first country to prohibit the use of coal. 
Rehn said the decision is of a comparable scale of women gaining the right to vote. 
Across the world, the only place where a similar decision has been made is in Oregon of the United States.
Ceasing the use of coal is already a pre-existing government goal, but the concrete means to achieve the realisation have always been murky.
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