Greenhouse gas emissions 

Updated: 25.5.2016 - Next update: 7.12.2016

Finlands greenhouse gas emissions decreased further

According to Statistics Finlands instant preliminary data, the total emissions of greenhouse gases in 2015 corresponded with 55.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2 eq.). Emissions fell by around six per cent compared with the previous year and were 22 per cent lower than in 1990. The consumption of natural gas and coal declined in the energy sector. Emissions from the non-emissions trading sector went down by half a per cent and were below the annual emission allocations set by the EU by 0.8 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

Statistical release

Statistics Finland / Greenhouse gases

Description of indicator

The volume of greenhouse gas emissions measures the pressures caused by human activity on the acceleration of the greenhouse effect and global warming. Finland reports greenhouse gas emissions to the European Commission, the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol.

The reporting helps to follow progress in meeting Finland's emission reduction commitments. The estimation of emissions is based on international reporting and methodological guidelines. The indicator does not include the effect of land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), which reduces the impact of the emissions in Finland. Indirect CO2 emissions generated in the energy sector and industrial processes and product use sector from NMVOC and CH4 emissions are also reported in total emissions (0.1 million tonnes in 2014).

• The energy sector: emissions from the energy use of fuels and fugitive emissions related to the production, distribution and consumption of fuels
• Industrial processes and product use: emissions released from industrial processes resulting from the feedstock use and non-energy use of fuels, emissions from the use of F-gases, and emissions from the use of nitrous oxide in industrial and medical applications
• Agriculture: emissions from digestion by the livestock, manure management, soil, crop residue burning, as well as liming and urea fertilisation
• Waste management: emissions from landfills, composting and waste water treatment

Statistics on greenhouse gas emissions by industry are reported in the environmental accounts