Lars Tranvik in DN Debate: Greenhouse gas emissions in Sweden are greatly underestimated

2021-04-20

The net emissions of greenhouse gases from Sweden are much higher than society expects.

Lars Tranvik and Anders Lindroth (Lund University) published at DN Debatt, a major site  for public debate and opinion in Sweden, see https://www.dn.se/debatt/utslapp-av-vaxthusgaser-i-sverige-underskattas-kraftigt/


They question the Swedish reporting to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). According to official statistics 80% of CO2 emissions are compensated by a land use carbon sink, mainly in forests. Anders and Lars claim that this is a false representation of the territorial carbon balance, since major landscape elements (mires and inland waters) are ignored. In reality, the national carbon sink is less than half of what is reported, and hence the net emissions substantially higher. There appears to be similar biases in reports from other nations. The instructions for national reporting to the UNFCCC needs to be revised, to support accurate information on how the greenhouse gas balance develops.

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