What do our emissions consist of?

Joensuu monitors the development of the regional greenhouse gas emission level by way of CO2 report


Joensuu monitors the development of the regional greenhouse gas emission level by way of CO2 report, which publishes annually. CO2 report is published by the environmental and energy sector consultancy company Benviroc Ltd. Joensuu’s emissions have been monitored since 2007.

The CO2 report monitors greenhouse gas emissions by sector, using the data for 2007 as a year of reference for comparison of the emission levels. Only emissions generated within Joensuu, such as district heat consumed in Joensuu and the emissions for journeys made in Joensuu, are taken into account in measuring the emissions. The various types of greenhouse gas emissions are presented in the report as carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2 eq). Carbon dioxide equivalent combines data for three different greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, ethane and dinitrogen oxide) and commeasures them to correspond to the impact of carbon dioxide on the environment.



The biggest emitters are the sectors of industry and work machinery, and the traffic


In Joensuu, industry and work machinery are the biggest sources of emissions. Both fuel and electricity consumption by industry are included in these emissions. The total emissions of industry and work machinery have decreased by 10 per cent in 2016–2017.

Long distances and sparse population increase emissions from road traffic. Reduction of emissions from traffic presents the biggest challenge. In Joensuu, road traffic emissions have decreased by approximately 9 per cent in 2016–2017.

Greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by 28% in Joensuu from 2007 to 2017. Energy production accounts for the most significant reductions in emissions, but energy efficiency of real properties has also improved markedly. The emissions from agriculture, waste management and traffic have remained unchanged in recent years, while emissions from industry have also been on the decline.

In the next few years, energy production and industry have the highest potential for reducing emissions. Better energy efficiency will also reduce emissions.

To reach our goal of being carbon-neutral by 2025, we need firm measures to reduce emissions. It is also important to increase the size and number of our carbon sinks.