Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen's Government appointed a ministerial working group on energy and climate policy to update the National Climate and Energy Strategy, completed in 2008. Key objectives of the strategy update included ensuring that the national targets for 2020 are achieved and to prepare a pathway towards meeting the long-term energy and climate objectives set by the EU. As specified in the Government programme, the new strategy entails a programme to reduce oil dependence. The Government approved the strategy update on 20th March 2013.
The Finnish website includes further background material for the National Energy and Climate Strategy (only in Finnish).
As outlined in the Government Programme, the long-term goal is a carbon-neutral society, which can be achieved by following the roadmap towards 2050, involving an increase in energy-efficiency and the use of renewable energy and drafted on the basis of various strategies. Work on the roadmap will begin in 2013 and will involve extensive consultation with interest groups and citizens.