SLOVAKIA is fulfilling and even exceeding its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions based on the Kyoto protocol, the Environment Ministry stated in a report that the cabinet discussed at its April 9 session.
The report was drafted to inform the cabinet on how Slovakia stood with its international commitments in climate change in 2013, and to set out priorities for the future.
After the significant decrease in emissions in 2009, mainly due to the economic crisis, the decreasing trend of the overall anthropogenous emissions for 2010-2012 continues and the emissions still have not reached pre-crisis levels from before 2009, the TASR newswire cited the report.
The overall anthropogenous emissions of greenhouse gases reached 42.719,88 Gg in 2012, which was rather low thanks to the weak heating season during the 2011-2012 winter.
The Environment Ministry expects a similar development in the coming years, depending on the economic development. In the event of a fast economic revival, a slight increase in emissions could be expected.
Slovakia lags in stabilising the increase of emissions in road transport. While in 1990 road transport constituted 9 percent of the overall emissions, the percentage has since then reached 31 percent.
The information stated in the report is just preliminary. An official independent audit of emissions production is planned for autumn 2014, according to TASR.
Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
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9. Apr 2014 at 14:00