According to latest, preliminary data by Statistics Finland, the total greenhouse gas emissions without the land use sector amounted to 47.7 million tonnes of CO₂ eq. in 2021, which is a drop of 0.2 per cent from the previous year (and a drop of 33 per cent from the comparison year 1990).
In 2021, the land use sector (LULUCF) was for the first time a net source of emissions. The change in the sector from a net sink into a net source of emissions were due to high level of fellings and the falling trend of annual increment of growing stock. [Please keep reading; article continues after data.]
Energy sector is Finland’s largest source of emissions, affecting significantly the annual variation of total emissions. According to preliminary data, the energy sector’s emissions in 2021 were 34.0 million tonnes of CO₂ equivalent, which is close on one per cent less than in the year before. The sector’s emissions decreased despite the six per cent rise in total energy consumption, because the growth is mainly explained by increased use of renewable energy sources. In 2021, the share of renewable energy amounted to 42,1 % of Finland’s total energy consumption.
Finland is about to become self-sufficient in electricity, and power generation will be entirely fossil-free in the next couple of years. Finland’s wind power capacity will double in the near future, and a new nuclear reactor is expected to become fully operational by the end of the year.
Finland is not dependent on Russian energy. Energy imports from Russia are replaced with energy imports from other countries by the end of the summer 2022.
Read more on Finland’s total GHG emissions in 2021:
Greenhouse gas emissions in 2021 remained on level with the previous year, the land use sector a net source of emissions for the first time – Statistics Finland (25.5.2022)
Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Greenhouse gases [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-6065. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 11.11.2021].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/khki/index_en.html
Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Production of electricity and heat [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-5099. 2020. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 11.11.2021].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/salatuo/2020/salatuo_2020_2021-11-02_tie_001_en.html