Greenhouse Gas Emissions Factsheet: Belarus
This factsheet provides information on 2014 greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in Belarus. Included is an overview of emissions by sector, changes in emissions, information on carbon intensity, as well as climate change mitigation targets and plans.
Belarus’ total GHG emissions in 2014 were 89.25 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e), totaling 0.18 percent of global GHG emissions. In Belarus, 66.8 percent of GHG emissions came from the energy sector, followed by the agriculture, waste and the industrial processes sector which contributed 22.4 percent, 7.6 percent and 3.6 percent respectively to GHG emissions. Land-use change and forestry (LUCF) was a net carbon sink, with LUCF activities absorbing 0.33 MtCO2e more than they emitted.
According to WRI CAIT, Belarus’ GHG emissions decreased by 30% (37.54 MtCO2e) from 1990 to 2014, with an average annual change of -1.0%.
In its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), Belarus pledged unconditionally to reduce GHG emissions by at least 28% from 1990 levels, excluding emissions and removals from LULUCF. Belarus will reconsider including the potential of LULUCF in its commitments by 2020, after clarification of methodological questions regarding the estimation of emissions and removals of GHGs in this sector.
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