Finland hopes to launch Arctic thermal station modernization projects with Russia
Finland expects to launch joint projects with Russia to modernize thermal power stations in the Arctic region soon. According to the Consul General of Finland in St. Petersburg, Anne Lammila, this will help reduce global warming and the effects of soot on the melting ice.
"Land covered in soot absorbs sunlight, which contributes to potential global warming," Lammila said addressing The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue 5th International Arctic Forum.
This issue is regularly discussed at the highest levels, she added. The Finnish side proposed using timber or natural gas as a fuel instead of black coal. "I hope we can soon launch specific joint projects to modernize thermal power stations in the north as part of our environmental initiatives," Lammila noted.
"We are glad Russia considers Arctic region development a priority as well. We will continue cooperating closely with Russia's government agencies, research and development institutes, organizations and companies to further develop the Arctic territories," the consul added.