Thanks to forests, Sweden ranks first in greenhouse gas absorption
As much as 84% of the carbon dioxide equivalent is absorbed by Sweden’s forests.
Forest land in these countries has a large role to play in increasing the capacity. As much as 84% of the carbon dioxide equivalent is absorbed by Sweden's forests and the percentage is over 60% in Finland. Lithuania and Slovenia also have a considerable portion of harmful gases absorption at 44% and 35% respectively.
Authors of the study pointed out that EU forests absorbed 417 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for 9% of total emissions, compared to 7% in 1990.
Forests cover approximately 182 million hectares, about 42% of Europe's territory. Largest forest areas are in Sweden at 30 million hectares, followed by Spain at 27 million hectares.
This comes as a great progress for Europe's 2020 goal of:
- 20 percent cut in Greenhouse gas emissions compared with 1990
- 20 percent total energy consumption from renewable energy
- 20 percent increase in energy efficiency.