Finland torches more coal, overshoots emissions cap

Last year, Finland's greenhouse gas emissions rose by six percent to nearly 60 million tons of carbon dioxide, according to revised figures released by Statistics Finland on Friday

That is still lower than the peak year of 2003, when they soared to 88.5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent. They are also more than 12 million tons lower than in the baseline year of 1990. The main reasons for the rise in the emissions were more coal consumption and a lower proportion of biofuels used in transport. In May, Eurostat said that Finland increased its CO2 emissions more than any other EU country in 2016. While the EU's 27 member states overall managed to slightly reduce their emissions, Finland stuck out with emissions increase of more than eight percent. That was mostly due to a rise in the use of coal power plants, with consumption shooting up by 31 percent to the same level as 2014. In 2015, consumption dropped by 30 percent.

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18. 12. 2017