The reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions may be quite expensive and it is necessary to consider reduction measures for other anthropogenic greenhouse gases, such as methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) as well. Their contribution to the total GHG emission from Finland is about 15–20%. In Finland most of the CH4 emissions are due to waste management, agriculture and burning processes. N2O emissions originate from burning processes, agriculture, industry and atmospheric deposition of nitrogen. The cost-effective reduction of the Finnish GHG emissions has been studied with the EFOM-ENV model, which is a quasi-dynamic linear energy system optimisation model. The target function to be minimised is the total discounted cost for the modelled system. In this study the model has been expanded to cover all well-known anthropogenic CO2, CH4 and N2O sources and reduction measures. The results indicate it is economic to reduce the emissions of CO2, CH4 and N2O in Finland. It is profitable to exploit the economic reduction potential of CH4 and N2O, because then the abatement of CO2 emissions does not need to be as extensive as when the reduction is aimed only at CO2 emissions. The inclusion of CH4 and N2O decreases the annual reduction costs about 20% in the year 2010.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
Tuhkanen, S., Lehtilä, A., & Savolainen, I. (1999). The role of CH4 and N2O emission reductions in the cost-effective control of the greenhouse gas emissions from Finland. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 4(2), 91-112. https://doi.org/10.1023%2FA%3A1009601819931