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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.


Thanks to forests, Sweden ranks first in greenhouse gas absorption
Forests cover approximately 182 million hectares. (Image Credit: Pixabay)

Sweden is ranked first in the highest EU greenhouse gas absorption capacity, followed by Finland, according to a Eurostat report.

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.

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