Greenhouse gas emissions in Liechtenstein in 2014 were below 1990s target level, falling by 30,000 tonnes compared to the previous year. The weather was cited as a main reason behind the reduction.
There were 217,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2014, or 30,000 tonnes less than in 2013, revealed the Liechtenstein Amt für Umwelt (environment office) in a press release. The office cited the warm winter as the main reason for the fall: there was less usage of heating fuel and natural gas. The weather in 2013 meant that more heating was required than in 2012. According to the press release, these examples demonstrate that fluctuations in greenhouse gas emissions strongly depend on weather conditions. As fuel sales remained at a high level, the transport sector was defined as an area with savings potential.
Current emissions in Liechtenstein are around seven per cent lower than the level defined by the Kyoto Protocol, which set C02 emissions at 234,000 tonnes in the base year of 1990. In the second period, Liechtenstein committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2020. Reaching this target will require further effort, warned the environment office. It referred to the 2020 Energy Strategy, which was passed in 2012, as central to these efforts. Efficient reductions on the domestic market could both boost Liechtensteins value and have a positive impact on health and the environment, the office said.