2035Legitimacy: Towards a fair carbon neutral welfare state.

Date of project : 2020 - 2023

Leaving No One Lost in Transition: Citizens and the Legitimacy of Finland’s Transition to a Carbon Neutral Welfare State.

Finland’s goals of being carbon neutral by 2035 is ambitious but achievable, and research is emerging concerning economic and technological options to implement them. However, the social and legitimacy dimensions of the carbon neutrality target have received much less attention. The 2035Legitimacy project is designed to address this important gap. The project builds on the assumption that the societal transformation needed to achieve the 2035 carbon neutrality goal cannot be imposed on a democratic society; it requires widespread social support. The project will rely on multidisciplinary collaboration to study the legitimacy of Finland’s 2035 carbon neutrality transition and opportunities to address related challenges, especially from the perspective of private citizens. The project engages an extensive network of interaction partners and stakeholders representing state and municipal authorities, as well as academic, industry, labor and civil society organizations.

The research is funded by: The Strategic Research Council (SRC) of the Academy of Finland

Consortium: HY, VATT, JYU, Ilmatieteen laitos, SYKE, UEF


Responsible researcher: Marita Laukkanen, [email protected], +358 295 519 429

Anna SahariJouko VerhoKimmo OllikkaKimmo PalanneMarita Laukkanen Energy, climate and environmentEnergy, climate and environmental policyEnvironment, energy and climate policyHighlightsIncome distribution and inequalityMarita LaukkanenSocial security, taxation and inequalityStrategic research