The use of coal in Finnish heat and electricity production increased by over 30 per cent from the previous year to a total of 4.5 million tonnes last year, reports Statistics Finland. The majority of the coal, over three million tonnes, was used in multi-purpose facilities producing both heat and electricity. The greatest increase, in turn, was recorded in facilities providing electricity, which tripled their coal use in 2013 to 1.3 million tonnes.
As a result, the country's stocks of coal diminished by 18 per cent year-on-year to approximately 3.3 million tonnes.
The energy policy exercised by the current Government has come under severe criticism for essentially facilitating an increase in the prices of peat and wood chips, and hence the use of coal in domestic energy production.