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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose in Iceland

Greenhouse gas emissions directly under government responsibility rose by 2.2% between 2016 and 2017, RÚV reports. The data comes from a recent report by the Environment Agency of Iceland. Emissions from road transport, oil use on fishing vessels, domestic animals, refrigeration equipment, and landfills are the main sources of emissions that fall under government resposibility.

The report was submitted yesterday under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. It shows that greenhouse gas emissions for which the government is considered responsible have decreased overall by around 5.4% since 2005, but have been relatively steady since 2012, despite efforts to decrease them. A statement from the Environment Agency says the 2016-2017 rise in emissions can be attributed to the increase in tourist numbers and increased consumption.

Road transport biggest source of emissions, and growing

Of the greenhouse gas emissions that fall under government responsibility, road transportation is the largest contributor to the reported increase. Road transport emissions rose by 85% between 1990 and 2017, and 5.5% between 2016 and 2017. Looking at the total emissions that fall under government responsibility, 34% come from road transport, 18% from fishing vessels, 20% from agriculture, and 8% from waste.

Emissions from aluminium and alloy production in Iceland also showed a dramatic increased of 133% since 1990. This industry, however, falls under the EU trading system and is therefore not considered a direct responsibility of the government.

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