The Regional Council of Central Finland is responsible for establishing broad regional development programs containing specific programs (objective 2, 5b and 6 areas) that are submitted to the European Union. The Regional Council of Central Finland is the official representative of its region to intergovernmental organisations.
In the energy & environment sectors, the Regional Council of Central Finland works in close co-operation with the Mid Nordic Committee, and the Council has made agreements with the Republic of Karelia (Russian Federation) and Region of Tarto (Estonia) for developing especially local renewable energy sources (RES).
The Regional Council of Central Finland has played a major role in promoting new methods to produce heat and power from renewable energy sources in the province. The use of RES from wood & liqueurs in 1995 was 3.2 TWh (= 22% out of total consumption of energy). The target is to increase the use of these sources by 0.5 TWh/a by the end of year 2000. The first two year period of this program has been successful.
At the same time, Central Finland can support also EU’s policy for economic stability and growth in the CIS countries by developing new technologies for RES using e.g. EU’s ALTENER, FAIR, SAVE, INTERREG, PHARE.