Greenhouse gas emissions 

Updated: 7.12.2016 - Next update: 6.4.2017

Finland's greenhouse gas emissions continue to decrease

In 2015, Finland's greenhouse gas emissions amounted to 55.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2 eq.), being 16 million tonnes less than in the base year 1990. The trend of emissions has been falling since 2004. Compared with 2014, total emissions decreased by six per cent and emissions from the non-emissions trading sector by one per cent. Emissions from the non-emissions trading sector were below the annual emission allocations set by the EU for 2015 by 0.8 million tonnes. The data are based on the preliminary report to be submitted by Statistics Finland to the European Commission by 15 January 2017 concerning emissions in 2015.

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