A group of researchers at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) are accusing their employer of exerting pressure to silence critical opinions.
According to VTT researchers interviewed by the Finnish News Agency (STT), the organisation is trying to promote specific points of view in questions of energy.
Disputes have emerged over statements concerning peat, nuclear energy, and biological diesel fuel. One employee said that VTT’s management recently ordered him not to send a letter to the editor of Helsingin Sanomat, in which he voiced criticism about peat energy.
Helynen is a member of the board of the International Peat Society and has previously headed Finbio, an association that has spoken on behalf of the use of peat. From 2005 to 2009 she was a member of the board of the laboratory company Enas, which is owned by VTT, Jyväskylä Energy, and the peat producer Vapo.
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