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Statistics Finland: Emissions down by 4% in 2022

Efforts to decrease logging and the move away from natural gas contributed to the decline in emissions, according to the agency.

Coal pile in Suvilahti with Helsinki's Helen power plant in the background.
The axing of Russian natural gas imports contributed to a drop in energy sector emissions last year. However, Finland still recorded an increase in the use of coal. Image: Jorge Gonzalez / Yle
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Finland's greenhouse gas emissions shrunk by four percent in 2022, compared to the year before, according to Statistics Finland's data.

The number-crunching agency found that Finland emitted roughly 45.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2022, some 2 million tonnes less than in 2021.

That figure does not include land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF), which according to preliminary data turned into a 1.0 million tonne-sink. Statistics Finland said this was achieved due to efforts to decrease logging.

The largest source of emissions was Finland's energy sector, which accounted for 72 percent of total emissions in 2022.

A decrease in natural gas use and subsequent emissions, brought about by Russia's war, meant that overall energy sector carbon emissions fell by 1.3 million tonnes, compared to the previous year. At the same time, the agency recorded an increase in coal use emissions, some 0.8 million tonnes to the year before.

Transport sector emissions remained roughly the same, according to the agency.

However, the head of the World Meteorological Organisation, Petteri Taalas, has recently warned that Finland faces a challenging road ahead in achieving carbon neutrality by 2035, due to Finnish forests' declining ability to absorb carbon from the air.

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