Currently it is only regional states that have outright banned coal such as Oregon in the United States and Ontario in Canada.
This decision, while bold, is part of an increasing wave of strict new guidelines being put in place by Northern European countries and even more central powers like Germany.
In June this year it was reported that Norway was heavily considering a full ban on the sale of new petrol or diesel cars by 2025. This was then echoed by Germany which also made the decision to ban the sale of combustion engine cars by 2030.
While Germany’s laws will need to be ratified by the European Union the country usually leads the way for European legislature and so it’s hoped that in time, other countries will follow suit.
Finland’s decision to ban coal however hasn’t been met without some opposition.
The Helsinki Times reports that Finnish Energy (ET) has expressed strong concerns about the decision.
Jukka Leskelä, the managing director of ET said: “The discussion about prohibiting the use of coal under law is inexplicable. Such an effort would not succeed without offering substantial compensation [to energy producers].”
“I fail to understand how the central administration can spend so recklessly and be so unappreciative of the situation in the energy markets,”