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GHG emissions increased by 3.3% from 2020 to 2021. Gross emissions went up from 5,298 to 5,472 thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent and net emissions, after absorption by forest and land use practices from 4,975 to 5,136 thousand tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent.
In 2021, the energy sector accounted for the largest share of emissions (79.3%), followed by the waste sector (10.9%).
In 2021, solid waste landfilled at Mare Chicose weighed 501,167 tonnes, 1.6% less than in 2020 (509,094 tonnes).
Between 2020 and 2021, the harvested area under cultivation of sugarcane decreased by 4.1% from 43,711 hectares to 41,897 hectares; area under tea plantation remained 685 hectares same as in 2020; and food crops increased by 7.8% from 7,352 hectares to 7,922 hectares.
In 2021, the Island of Mauritius received 3,776 million cubic metres of water rainfall, 1.6% higher when compared to 3,717 million cubic metres in 2020.
Total water utilisation was estimated at 968 million cubic metres in 2021. Hydropower accounted for 38%, the agricultural sector for 31% and the remaining 31% was used by domestic, industrial and tourism sector.
Complaints attended by the Pollution Prevention and Control Division of the Ministry of Environment, Solid Waste Management and Climate Change increased by 80.4% from 382 in 2020 to 689 in 2021.
The complaints were mainly due to: air pollution (22%), noise (22%), waste water (9%) and odour (8%).