16 April, 2008
The Greek Environment Ministry on Tuesday announced that it has completed the national greenhouse gas emissions inventory in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol, which it has submitted along with the required data to the United Nations on April 7 and April 14.
According to the announcement, total greenhouse gas emission in Greece during 2006 came to an equivalent of 133.11 Mt of carbon dioxide. These emissions are equivalent to a 24.6 percent increase relative to the base year (1990) and are less than the levels Greece is obligated to meet. The emission levels constitute the country's target, which calls for an increase in emissions of 25 percent relative to the base year during 2008-2012.
The announcement stated, "Given that a comprehensive program implemented by the Environment Ministry in order to deal with climate change is underway, our country will be consistent with the Kyoto Protocol targets."
Countries that are signatories of the Kyoto Protocol are required to compile and submit a national greenhouse gas inventory each year to the UN Secretariat for climate change. This report refers to the year that is two years prior to the year in which it is submitted.
The ministry also noted that it had upgraded the national system for assessing greenhouse gas emissions and that this now fulfilled all the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol.
Source: Athens News Agency