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Revisions in these statistics

The emission and removal figures for the greenhouse gas inventory become revised every year in the entire time series, because constant improvements are made to the inventory, taking into account the international review recommendations of inventories and the development of the scientific basis for emission calculation methods. The changes in calculations are described in the annual National Inventory Report submitted to the UN and the EU. The data according to the actual inventory are based on more detailed initial data than the instant preliminary data released in May, when all necessary data are not yet available.

The now released total emissions without the LULUCF sector for 2020 are 0.3 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (0.6%) lower than in the preliminary data released in December. The biggest reason for the change is the revisions made to the total consumption volume of certain oil products in the energy sector.

The net sink of the LULUCF sector in 2020 according to the latest release is 0.1 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent bigger than the preliminary data released in December. This is due to updating of activity data for the calculation of carbon stock changes in cropland soils.

Revision of Finland's greenhouse gas emissions

Statistical reference year Previous release, 16 December 2021 Latest release, 17 March 2022 Change 1)
Mill. t CO2 eq. %
Total emissions (without LULUCF sector) 2) 1990 71.2 71.2 0.0
2005 69.9 69.9 0.0
2010 75.7 75.7 0.0
2015 55.0 55.0 0.0
2016 57.9 57.9 0.0
2017 55.1 55.1 -0.1
2018 56.2 56.2 0.0
2019 52.8 52.8 -0.1
2020 48.1 4) 47.8 -0.6
LULUCF sector 2) 1990 -13.4 -13.4 0.0
2005 -20.5 -20.5 0.0
2010 -21.7 -21.7 0.0
2015 -18.8 -18.8 0.0
2016 -17.7 -17.7 0.0
2017 -16.3 -16.3 0.2
2018 -7.4 -7.4 0.5
2019 -13.5 -13.6 0.3
2020 -17.2 4) -17.3 0.4
Emissions not included in the Emissions Trading System 3) 2013 31.2 31.2 0.0
2014 29.8 29.8 0.0
2015 29.5 29.5 0.0
2016 30.6 30.6 0.0
2017 29.9 29.9 -0.1
2018 29.8 29.8 0.0
2019 29.4 29.3 -0.2
2020 28.4 4) 28.1 -1.1
1) Change between the latest and previous releases
2) LULUCF refers to the land use, land-use change and forestry sector
3) Excluding CO2 emissions from domestic civil aviation
4) Preliminary data

Source: Greenhouse gas inventory unit. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Pia Forsell +358 29 551 2937, Päivi Lindh +358 29 551 3778, Sini Niinistö (LULUCF) +358 29 551 2954, kasvihuonekaasut@stat.fi

Head of Department in charge: Katri Kaaja


Updated 17.3.2022

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Greenhouse gases [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-6065. 2020, Revisions in these statistics . Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 7.12.2022].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/khki/2020/khki_2020_2022-03-17_rev_001_en.html