Finnish coal consumption rises 8%

• Coal-powered electricity and heat generation rose eight percent in the first nine months of this year, says Statistics Finland.

• Finland has committed to being carbon-neutral by 2035.

National number-crunching agency Statistics Finland on Monday reported an eight-percent increase in coal power use between January and September 2022 compared to the same period last year.

Finland used some 1,277 tonnes of hard coal to generate electricity and heat during this time, according to the agency.

From a long-term perspective, coal use is, however, in decline. Consumption between January and September was around half of average levels during the earlier years of this millennium.

Finland has committed to being carbon-neutral by 2035. Last year, the City of Helsinki-owned energy company Helen said it was shutting down its coal-fired power plant in 2023, two years earlier than originally planned.

A law completely banning the use of coal for energy generation in Finland is slated to enter into force in 2029.