Head of Environmental Affairs MTK, Vice Chair of Copa-Cogeca's WP on Environment - Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners MTK / Copa-Cogeca
Dr. Pietola has been internationally active along her whole career starting at academia (University of Helsinki) and continuing through private sector R&D to her current position Head of Environmental Affairs at the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owner in Finland (MTK, 2011-).
Her responsibility focuses on climate change and environmental externalities and impacts related to agriculture and forestry, such as carbon sequestration to balance greenhouse gas emissions and climate change adaptation by soil care, recycling of nutrients and water quality protection, air quality and biodiversity of agro-forestry ecosystems, including landowner’s property rights and legislation proposals both in Finland and EU level.
She led the preparation of the 2018 MTKs Climate Programme, 2020 MTKs Biodiversity Programme , MTK-SLC Water Programme and MTK's and SLC's Soil Programme as well A roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Finnish agriculture (2020).
Examples of significant activities include chairmanship of the Working Party on the Environment at Copa-Cogeca (chair 2014-18, vice 2021-), and memberships in the European Commission multi-stakeholder Platforms on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU (2017-19), Zero Pollution (2021-), Sustainable Finance as expert of agriculture (2022), and in Finland’s Committee of Sustainable Development (2011-) and in the Baltic Farmers Forum on Environment as HELCOM (www.helcom.fi) observator (2013-19)