Finnish CO2 emissions surge

Finnish CO2 emissions surge
Published: 29 November 2004

Finland’s CO2 emissions in 2003 were 20 per cent higher than in 1990, official data revealed yesterday. Finland’s target under the Kyoto Protocol is to stabilise the emissions of all six greenhouse gases at 1990 levels. AFP reported that Finnish CO2 emissions totalled 88.5Mt last year, according to provisional figures from Statistics Finland. In 1990 Finland emitted 73.5Mt, where it remained for most of the 1990s. However, emissions have surged since, much due to the commercial success in the technology sector. Outi Berghall at the Finnish Environment Ministry told news agency FNB that the country now is likely to have to purchase emissions reductions from other countries to be able to comply with its Kyoto target. On the bright side, AFP wrote, methane emissions are down by a fifth, due to lower livestock figurers and better waste management.