More greenhouse gases emitted in 2016

Greenhouse gas emissions in Switzerland rose slightly in 2016, the Federal Office of the Environment says. The reason was that year’s particularly cool winter temperatures led to increased energy use. Emissions increased by 0.4 million tonnes to 48.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (the common unit for describing different greenhouse gases) in 2016, a statement said. The statistics come from Switzerland’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990-2016, which was handed to the United Nations’ Environment Secretariat on Friday. The inventory gives a picture of Switzerland’s greenhouse emissions, which are regulated by the UN’s Kyoto Protocol. Under Kyoto, the target is the mean reduction of total emissions of all greenhouse gases over the period 2013-2020 by 15.8% compared with 1990 levels. + Read more Switzerland’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions here The largest producer of greenhouse gases was traffic, at 15.3 million tonnes of CO2 eq. This is 3% higher ...

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