OSLO, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Norway's total greenhouse gas emissions in 2016 were almost 1 percent less than in the year before due to reduced use of fossil fuels in road traffic and oil and gas extraction, the country's statistics bureau said Friday.
Preliminary figures show total greenhouse gas emissions in 2016 amounted to 53.4 million tonnes CO2 equivalents, nearly 0.5 million tonnes less compared with the preceding year, Statistics Norway said in a report.
The total number of cars increased last year, as did the volume of traffic measured in kilometres. In 2016, 4.3 billion litres of petrol and auto diesel were sold in total, which is 119 million litres more than the preceding year.
Nevertheless, the greenhouse gases from road traffic were reduced by 3.6 percent in 2016, the report said, adding that the blending of bio fuels in petrol and auto diesel was a major reason for the decrease.
Meanwhile, despite higher production of oil and gas in 2016, the greenhouse gas emissions from these activities were reduced by 1.6 percent compared with 2015.
This is primarily due to less use of natural gas for power production on the fields, Statistics Norway said.