Cities With The Largest Carbon Footprints Worldwide (Top Greenhouse Gas Emitting Cities)

Cities With The Largest Carbon Footprints Worldwide (Top Greenhouse Gas Emitting Cities)

Recent studies and reports are outlining the carbon footprints of cities worldwide. 

In this guide, we list the cities with the largest carbon footprints.

Identifying the top greenhouse gas emitting cities is a good start in being able to come up with solutions for reducing greenhouse gases via various solutions and strategies.

 

Cities That Emit The Most Greenhouse Gases & Carbon Dioxide (In Total)

The top 30 cities with the largest carbon footprints (in total carbon dioxide emissions) are:

  • Seoul
  • Guangzhou
  • New York
  • Hong Kong SAR 
  • Los Angeles
  • Shanghai
  • Country Of Singapore
  • Chicago
  • Tokyo/Yokohama
  • Riyadh
  • Dubai
  • Wuxi
  • Johannesburg
  • Tehran
  • Moscow
  • London
  • Benha
  • Beijing
  • Jakarta
  • Al-Ahmadi
  • Miami
  • Samut Prakan
  • Paris
  • Dallas
  • Tianjin
  • Istanbul
  • Detroit
  • Philadelphia
  • San Jose
  • New Delhi

View the full list of the top 500 cities at http://citycarbonfootprints.info/ 

 

Cities That Emit The Most Greenhouse Gases & Carbon Dioxide (Per Person/Per Capita)

The top 30 cities with the largest carbon footprints per capita/person are:

  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Mohammed Bin Zayed City
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Country of Singapore
  • Hulun Buir
  • Al-Ahmadi
  • Doha
  • Hinggan
  • Chifeng
  • Al-Jahrah
  • Litong
  • New Orleans
  • Detroit
  • Tongliao
  • Yinchuan
  • Al Ain
  • Cleveland
  • Ulanqab
  • St Louis
  • Dalad
  • Pittsburgh
  • Toledo
  • Kansas City
  • Gold Coast
  • Grand Rapids
  • Cincinnati
  • Tulsa
  • Akron
  • Dubai
  • Huhot

View the full list of the top 500 cities at http://citycarbonfootprints.info/

 

A Note On Calculating The Carbon Footprints Of Cities

Calculations for carbon footprints are a guide only because of the data that might be included and because of how complex and time consuming calculations can be.

For example, carbon footprints can be calculated with emissions from the production stage of goods and services (for example manufacturing a car), and also emissions from the consumption stage of goods and services (for example driving the car, getting it repaired, maintaining it, etc.). Some footprints only include one stage of the carbon lifecycle.

Also note that energy can be consumed and emissions produced within the city, off site at power plants, and off site at other locations (like people taking plane travel from the city to another location, waste being taken from the city and disposed of at landfills, and so on). Some calculations might only include emissions within the city. 

Emissions can also be imported and exported between cities with the exportations and importation or outsourcing of goods and services.

There’s many calculations and variables that can make up a 100% accurate/precise city carbon footprint.

Always look at exactly what data and calculations a footprint involves to get an idea of what it’s representing.

 

Sources

1. http://citycarbonfootprints.info/

2. https://www.c40.org/researches/consumption-based-emissions

3. Moran, D., Kanemoto K; Jiborn, M., Wood, R., Többen, J., and Seto, K.C. (2018) Carbon footprints of 13,000 cities. Environmental Research Letters DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aac72a.

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