Country profile

Latvia

Latvia

General Statistics:

  • Population: 1.96 million (2016 Population Indicators)
  • GDP: US$27 billion (2015, World Bank estimate)
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: 11.0 million metric tons gross emissions in 2012 (-1.3 million metric tons net, accounting for LUCF), on a carbon-dioxide equivalent basis. Latvia’s 2016 National Inventory Report to the UNFCCC estimated 2014 emissions to be 15.6 million metric tons gross emissions (11.4 net, accounting for carbon sinks).
  • Energy use per capita: 2,159 kg of oil equivalent, 2013

Important Initiatives related to Climate Change:

INDC: As an EU member nation, Latvia’s commitment is contained within the larger European Union INDC, which commits its 28 members to a combined reduction of 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. The text of the European Union INDC can be viewed here.

NEEAP: Latvia has produced its 2016-2020 Energy Efficiency Action Plan. It can be found here (currently only in Latvian).

Resources

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Knowledge exchange

Open EI LEDS Gateway

November 20, 2016

This site provides an introductory explanation as well as a summary of the LEDS decision-making and implementation process to assist those beginning a LEDS process in understanding not only the process but the expectations, goals and outcomes to pursue.

Libraries and Reports

Center for Climate Strategies Online Library

November 20, 2016

This library contains how-to guides, scientific studies and examples of legislative language and executive orders, as well as explanations and examples of policy development processes focused on climate change.

Knowledge exchange

UNEP Experts Roster

November 20, 2016

This website makes available relevant UNEP experts.

News and Events