Greenhouse gas inventory

The Finnish Government adopted a resolution on the organisation of climate policy activities by the government authorities on 30 July 2003. In accordance with the Resolution, Statistics Finland is the responsible body for the national inventory system for GHG emissions. Statistics Finland guides the inventory work and compiles and sends the data independently to the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol supplementing it (until 2022), Paris Agreement (from 2024 on) and the EU Commission. The role of Statistics Finland as the responsible body for the national GHG inventory system has been confirmed in the Climate Change Act.

Greenhouse gas inventory covers anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and removals within the borders of Finland with few exceptions. Calculations are performed annually in accordance with the IPCC methodological guidelines agreed at the Meetings of the Parties of the UNFCCC, and the requirements of international climate conventions (more information on documentation of statistics Greenhouse gases). Methodologies used in the Finnish inventory are also described in the national inventory reports.

The statistics cover seven actual greenhouse gases (in addition, more than one gas is included in the groups of HFC and PFC compounds):

  • carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • methane (CH4)
  • nitrous oxide (N2O)
  • HFCs
  • PFCs
  • sulphur hexafluoride (SF6)
  • nitrogen trifluoride (NF3).
  • In addition, the following emissions are reported: carbon monoxide (CO), nitrous oxides (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs).

Statistical releases

The greenhouse gas inventory data is published on the website of Statistics Finland The data (instant preliminary data) calculated using simplified GHG inventory methods are published in May with a delay of t+5 months. The preliminary data are published in December, and the same data are sent to the EU Commission as a draft report by mid-January. The final data are published as a database release with a delay of around t+15 months in March. The data are also reported to the EU at that time. The same data are also submitted to the Secretariat of the UNFCCC by 15 April at the latest.

Last updated 15 Nov 2023