Greenhouse gas emissions 

Updated: 8.12.2017 - Next update: 27.3.2018

Finland's greenhouse gases made an upturn

In 2016, Finland's greenhouse gas emissions amounted to 58.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2 eq.), being 12.4 million tonnes less than in the comparison year 1990. Emissions according to the instant preliminary data became revised by 0.1 tonnes. Total emissions rose by six per cent from the previous year, the biggest reasons for the growth in the emissions being the increase in coal consumption and the decline in the proportion of biofuels used in transport. Emissions from the non-emissions trading sector went up by six per cent compared to 2015 and exceeded the annual emission allocation set by the EU by 1.1 million tonnes of CO2 eq. The data are based on the preliminary report to be submitted by Statistics Finland to the European Commission by 15 January 2018 concerning emissions in 2016.

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