Ambassador of Finland to France
SUSTAINABLE GROWTH FROM THE BIOECONOMY: A PRIORITY FOR FINLAND
Finland is delighted to be the SIÑAL 2016 Country of Honor.
This is the second time that our country is participating in this event which gathers the French know-how in this sector and we wish to strengthen the existing cooperation between our countries. We can all benefit from it.
Almost 80 % of the territory of Finland consists of forests. Every year, the surface occupied by forests increases by 100 million cubic meters, and only half of it is being used in the construction, energy production and the industry sectors. The forest-based industry pioneered the development of the Bioeconomy.
Finland has always used renewable resources and takes into account economic, social and ecological sustainability. In the context of COP21 and the Paris climate agreement, the Bioeconomy is the real solution for sustainable growth in our countries. Companies and researchers have understood this. The government accompanies this transition towards a Bioeconomy society in order to do it in the best possible way.
In Finland, the Bioeconomy is not confined to the forest industry. It is a combination of wood industry, chemistry, energy, construction, agri-food technologies and health. Only half of it is related to the forest sector, but the know-how developed in this sector over decades is fundamental.
Finland adopted its national and global strategy for Bioeconomy in May 2014. With this strategy, Finland seeks to create 100 000 new jobs in this sector -in addition to the 300 000 already existing. The Bioeconomy now represents about 13 % of our employment.
To meet these challenges, we must work with other countries, such as France.