Friends of the Earth Finland
Coal-free Finland is a campaign by Friends of the Earth Finland (FoEF), working to ensure that Finnish state-owned company Fortum and its subsidiary Uniper align their business model with the Paris Agreement and phase-out fossil fuels. We are demanding Fortum and Uniper to publish a clearly articulated and detailed roadmap for the gradual closure of coal (by 2030) and gas assets, and incorporate just transition plans for affected communities and workers. Fortum and Uniper immediately stop investments in new gas infrastructure in order to prevent far-reaching lock-in effects. We are also demanding that the companies stop slowing down climate action by lobbying for gas and by suing states for climate action. Coal-free Finland is also campaigning with Finnish financial institutions in order for them to engage with Fortum and steer the company in the right direction via active ownership and engagement. The campaign is also demanding the financial institutions to tighten their no-coal policies and support global coal phase-out.
FoEF’s Coal-free Finland campaign has been a leading Finnish actor in campaigning against Fortum and facilitating wider collaboration around Fortum in Finland and internationally enabling other NGOs and grassroots to join in with less effort. Activities and campaigns are planned and executed by volunteer activists. Coal-free Finland has a devoted group of volunteers who have excellent knowledge of the subject matter and who are involved in campaign work weekly, if not daily. Though much of the work is done by volunteer activists, Coal-free Finland has a paid campaign coordinator to support and coordinate the volunteers’ work, and a campaign specialist to work as an expert in relevant issues such as energy and climate policy.
Contact details: Vera Kauppinen, campaign specialist, vera.kauppinen@
hiilivapaasuomi.fi, +358 44 5769999