The main source of greenhouse gas emissions in Armenia is energy, as Diana Harutyunyan, the UNDP Climate Change Program Coordinator, stated at the fifth meeting of interdepartmental meeting of coordination council on the performance of the requirements and provisions of the UN Convention on Climate Change “Resolution Adopted at 21st Convention of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on Paris Convention and Its Enforcement Perspectives”.
Presenting the National Cadastre of Greenhouse Gases Diana Harutyunyan noted that 70% of greenhouse gas emissions comes from energy sector, followed by industrial processes and product use - 6.7%, while 16.5% comes from agriculture, forestry enterprise and other soil management and 6.4% accounts for wastes. Emissions in energy sector from 2010 to 2012 increased by about 18%.
“When we have a look at the energy-sector emissions according to gases, around 23% comes from methane emissions: this percentage is so high, as the methane, as a gas, has 21 times higher greenhouse effect and the emission of each ton of methane is equivalent to 21 tons of the emission of carbon dioxide,” Diana Harutyunyan said and outlined that serious efforts shall be made to reduce emission percentage. According to her, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 may be most benefited from the construction of a new power unit for the Nuclear Power plant – 62.6%, introduction of renewable sources – 16.8% and energy efficiency increase.
18:18 March 15, 2016