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Finland's greenhouse gas emissions surge in 2002

Date: 14-Mar-03
Country: FINLAND

According to preliminary data from the national statistics bureau, Finland's level of carbon dioxide emissions grew by three million tonnes in 2002 to 63 million, exceeding the Kyoto Protocol target by 17 percent or nine million tonnes.

"The growth in emission was mainly caused by lower production of hydropower and this being compensated for with electricity production with coal and peat," said SF in a statement.

The data showed that production of hydropower slumped 18 percent in 2002, mainly due to low water reserves.

Non-renewable fossil energy remained at more than half of the total energy used, while renewable energy totalled 23 percent, the data showed.

The Kyoto Protocol has set a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions in 2008-2012 to the 1990 level.

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