Finland participating in key study of greenhouse gases from maritime transport

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 23.10.2013 9.30
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The Finnish Meteorological Institute, which falls under the administrative sector of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, is in a consortium which has taken on the task of updating the greenhouse gas emission report of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The aim of the update is to get information that is as detailed and up to date as possible on the real emissions from maritime transport.

The work involves ascertaining the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions between 2007 and 2012 and examining the amounts of emissions of greenhouse gases involving other parts of the structure, such as methane. In addition, emissions of other harmful substances, such as oxides of nitrogen and sulphur, fine particles, carbon monoxide, and hydrocarbons will also be evaluated in the study.

"Getting into the updating work of the IMO greenhouse gas report is an indication of Finland's high standard of knowledge in the field, of which we can be proud", says Minister of Transport Merja Kyllönen. "Those who were chosen for producing the report all have considerable scientific experience."

In addition to Finland, the consortium working on the report includes research institutes in Canada, China, Great Britain, Japan, The Netherlands and The United States. At the Finnish Meteorological Institute Finland's portion of the work is being directed by Senior Researcher, Jukka-Pekka Jalkanen, PhD.