Data and facts: Finland’s emissions, Renewable Energy

Finland’s total emissions in 2021 were about the same as in the previous year. Total emissions refer to the combined emissions of the effort sharing and emissions trading sectors. Compared to the 2005 levels, the total emissions have decreased by 32%.

Emissions from the effort sharing sector decreased in by 3% in 2021, being clearly below Finland’s emission allocation set by the European Union.

Finland’s emissions from the emissions trading sector increased by 4% in 2021. The increase was due to the higher consumption of coal compared to the previous year. The main reasons for this were the colder weather conditions and the high market price of natural gas. For a summary account of the trends in emissions in Finland, implementation of climate policy and achievement of emission reduction targets, please see the Annual Climate Report 2022. [Please keep reading; article continues after data.]

Finland is well prepared for energy transition

Finland’s energy mix is well diversified with renewables accounting for 42%, nuclear energy for 18% and fossil fuels and peat for 34% of the total energy consumption. In Finland, the share of renewable sources of energy is the second highest in the EU.

Renewable forms of energy production surpassed the use of fossil fuels in the 2020s. Finland is about to become self-sufficient in electricity, of which 90% is already fossil-free. The wind power capacity will double in the near future, and a new nuclear reactor becomes fully operational in 2023.

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Greenhouse gases [e-publication].

ISSN=1797-6065. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 11.11.2021].
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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Production of electricity and heat [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-5099. 2020. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 11.11.2021].
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