Surge in Finnish greenhouse gas emissions

Finland's greenhouse gas emissions shot up in 2003 to reach a record total of 88.5m tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent, Statistics Finland reported recently. Its emissions are now 20% higher than in 1990, at which level Finland is committed to stabilise releases by 2008-12. As in its neighbour Sweden (EED 30/11/04), the agency blamed a cold year and low hydroelectric capacity, which together helped push energy-related greenhouse gas emissions to 40% above their 1990 level. Emissions are expected to fall in 2004, which has been a mild and wet year. See press release.

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