Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Energy Production and Use

Carbon dioxide emissions relating to energy production and consumption were 43 million tonnes in 2016, which were 75 % of the total CO2 emissions in Finland. Emissions in the energy sector grew by eight per cent year-on-year.

The biggest reasons for the growth in the emissions were the increase in coal consumption and the decline in the proportion of biofuels used in (road) transport. Use of coal increased but use of peat and natural gas declined in the energy sector. Oil consumption was approximately the same as in previous year.

The share of renewable energy in total energy consumption was 34 %. According to Statistics Finland’s instant preliminary data, the total emissions of greenhouse gases in 2016 corresponded with 58.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2 eq.). Emissions grew by six per cent compared with the previous year but were still 18 per cent lower than in 1990.

The biggest reasons for the growth in the emissions were 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 five per cent compared to 2015 and exceeded the annual emission allocation set by the EU by 1.0 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

Source: Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Greenhouse gases [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-6065. 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 16.6.2017].
Access method: Greenhouse Gases (Statistics Finland)
CO2 Emissions 1970-2016
Picture. CO2 emissions 1970-2016.


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