News 8.1.2014

Finland reports to the UNFCCC

Statistics Finland has compiled the sixth National Communication and the first Biennial Report about the implementation of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol in Finland. The reports have been submitted to the Climate Convention Secretariat on 1 January 2014.

The National Communication reports about the implementation of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol in Finland. The Communication is compiled every four years and it describes the development of Finland's greenhouse gas emissions and the emission scenario in the near term. The Communication presents national actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions aimed at achievement of the targets set in the Kyoto Protocol and the EU climate and energy package.

The Communication also describes the effects of climate change in Finland and the measures with which we try to adapt to the changing climate. In addition, the Communication gives an account of how Finland is supporting developing countries in keeping the climate change under control and adapting to it, as well as presents an overview of Finnish climate research and dissemination of information about the climate change to Finnish people.

The new Biennial Report generates concise table format data on the quantified economy-wide emission reduction targets and the progress in achieving the targets. The EU has informed the UNFCCC of its shared target of reducing emissions by 20 per cent from the 1990 level by 2020. The shares of Finland and other member states of the shared target have been defined in the EU climate and energy package. In addition, the Biennial Report supplements the data of the National Communication in terms of assistance to developing parties. The content of the Biennial Report was agreed in the Conference of the Parties held in Durban in 2011.

In addition to Statistics Finland, the editorial staff of the National Communication and the Biennial Report consisted of members from different ministries.

The reports are in English and they are available as PDF files on Statistics Finland's website:

Inquiries:

Senior Statistician Leena Raittinen, Statistics Finland, tel. +358 9 1734  2909
Senior Officer Paula Perälä, Ministry of the Environment, tel. +358 295 250 224