Working Papers of the Finnish Forest Research Institute 225

Comparison of Wood Based Energy Related Policies in Russia and Finland: Case Study of the Republic of Karelia and North Karelia

Authors: Muñoz, Isabel & Goltsev, Vadim
Pages: 40

Abstract

The present analysis reports on key policy documents regarding wood based energy in Russia and Fin- land and their development in regional plans. A comparison of key policy and legislative documents regarding wood based energy is developed. Furthermore, the study highlights the impact of climate and energy policies developed at international and community level on the selected countries’ performances.

The results suggest that international and community treaties have had a positive effect on wood based energy policies in both countries. However, the measures adopted at national level are developing at a different pace. While Finland has a wide variety of policy documents promoting wood based energy, more specific policies and measures are needed on the Russian side.

Regarding regional policies’ performance, wood based energy is gaining importance. The development of renewable energy from wood is seen as positive in both the Republic of Karelia (Russia) and the province of North Karelia (Finland). Nevertheless, in Russia, more supportive measures from the State and attracting investors are crucial to strengthen the wood based energy sector within the Republic of Karelia.

Keywords

Wood based energy, policies, Russia, Finland, climate change

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Bibliographic information

Muñoz, Isabel & Goltsev, Vadim. 2012. Comparison of Wood Based Energy Related Policies in Russia and Finland: Case Study of the Republic of Karelia and North Karelia. Metlan työraportteja / Working Papers of the Finnish Forest Research Institute 225. 40 p. ISBN 978-951-40-2355-2 (PDF). Available at: http://www.metla.fi/julkaisut/workingpapers/2012/mwp225.htm.

Contact information

Sari Karvinen,
Finnish Forest Research Institute, Eastern Unit,
PL 68, FIN-80101 Joensuu.
e-mail sari.karvinen@metla.fi

Other information

Unit: Eastern Unit
Projects: Wood Harvesting and Logistics in Russia - Focus on Research and Business Opportunities, Development of cooperation in bioenergy

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