Emission Monitoring

Turku has already halved its emission from the year 1990

According to preliminary calculations from year 2020 the emissions were 51% less than a year 1990 (in total 630 kt CO2-ekv / 2020).

The calculation of greenhouse gas emissions in the Turku area is completed annually using the best available method. The emissions are monitored as part of the implementation of city strategy and climate plan and reported in accordance with United Nations requirements through the CDP system. Calculations have been made for years 1990 and 2000 and then annually from 2008 onwards using the CO2 report method. 

In accordance with EU requirements, the base year of Climate Plan 2029 is 1990 and the principal monitoring years to be reported to the EU are 2015, 2021, 2025 and 2029. The calculation of greenhouse gas emissions for base year and monitoring years is normally completed using the CO2 report method and further elaborated and reported to the European Union in accordance with SECAP requirements.

Greenhouse gases in the Turku area have significantly decreased during the years of monitoring

The largest quantitative reduction from the peak level of emissions (year 2000) has been achieved by increasing renewable energy in district heating and in electricity production.

The decrease in emissions compared to 1990 has been in particular due to emissions from district heating, which have fallen by 67 per cent. Emissions from industry and machinery have also fallen sharply (59%). Emissions from mobility have been reduced somewhat. In addition to the Turku region's own actions, the state's policies have also supported the achievement of climate goals.

While emissions from the energy sector are rapidly declining, the relative share of emissions has increased in other sectors. In 2020, the emissions of the energy sector are still clearly high yet the road traffic is becoming one of the largest single emission sector.

(Previous figures are based on preliminary data for 2020.)



This figure is representing normalized greenhouse gas emissions in Turku between the years 1990-2020. It also shows the emission reduction targets till the year 2029 when Turku aims to be a carbon neutral.