By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer
The Finnish Defense Ministry has pledged to implement a program of sustainable development in its planning and operations as part of a broader long term national program, documented in “The Finland We Want by 2050”.
“We have pledged to sustainable development with several measures and one is our aim at decreasing energy consumption in the premises by 20 per cent and greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent between 2010 and 2020”, said Planning Officer, Sami Heikkilä.
The Defense Ministry program is aimed at reducing environmental damage resulting from training exercises and regular operations, facilities construction, as well as materials, energy and waste management (including increased utilization of renewable energy sources).
Upon further inquiry, it was revealed that the plan currently did not mention hydrokinetics as a possible energy source. However, Finland currently utilizes significant conventional hydroelectric sources in its domestic power production.
The Defmin pledge may be read in its entirety at:http://www.defmin.fi/file/3159/THE_DEFENCE_ADMINISTRATION_S_COMMITMENT_TO_SUSTAINABLE_DEVELOPMENT.pdf
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