Countries That Emit The Most Greenhouse Gases & Carbon Dioxide

Countries That Emit The Most Greenhouse Gases & Carbon Dioxide (Countries With The Largest Carbon Footprints)

In this quick list, you can see the countries that emit the most greenhouse gases, and specifically carbon dioxide.

There’s information for cumulative, annual and per capita emissions.

 

Summary – Countries That Emit The Most Greenhouse Gases

In terms of cumulative CO2 emissions throughout history, the US leads by a significant margin, ahead of China, Germany, the UK and India

China is the current leader of annual CO2 emissions, almost doubling the US emissions. The other countries behind these two are the EU-28, India, Russia and Japan

Read more about the US and their greenhouse gas emissions in this guide

Read more about China and their greenhouse gas emissions in this guide 

Per capita CO2 emissions features some smaller countries, but the US and Australia feature among the top countries. Most nations across sub-Saharan Africa, South America and South Asia have small per capita emission outputs

Countries in Scandinavia, Africa, South East Asia and Europe feature among the countries with the lowest total CO2 emissions

Here’s an interesting chart by WRI.org that shows all the top emitting countries and the main sectors that make up their emissions 

 

Separate to countries, some of the recent data that has come out has been on the city level emissions. You can read a list of the top emitting cities in the world here.

 

Top Countries For Cumulative C02 Emissions

The countries that lead in terms of total sum of C02 emissions since 1751 and up to 2014, measured in millions of tonnes, are:

  • United States – 376,212.65 (Mt)
  • China – 174,874.89 (Mt)
  • Germany – 86,536.42 (Mt)
  • United Kingdom – 75,237.98 (Mt)
  • India – 41,784.24 (Mt)

– ourworldindata.org

 

Top Countries For Annual C02 Emissions

The countries that lead in terms of total sum of C02 emissions per year in 2016, measured in millions of tonnes, are:

  • China – 10,283.51 (Mt)
  • US – 5,565.49 (Mt)
  • EU-28 – a mix of european countries (Germany features high on the list)
  • India – 2,236.55 (Mt)
  • Russia – 1,669.6 (Mt)
  • Japan – 1266.6 (Mt)

– ourworldindata.org

 

In 2014, the top countries for C02 emissions were:

  • China – 30%
  • Other – 30%
  • United States – 15%
  • EU-28 – 9%
  • India – 7%
  • Russia – 5%
  • Japan – 4%

– epa.gov

 

Top Countries For Per Capita C02 Emissions

The countries with the highest per capita (C02 emissions per person in the population), measured in tonnes per person per year, are:

  • Qatar – 47.83 (tonnes per person per year)
  • Trinidad & Tobago – 30.06
  • Kuwait – 25.81
  • United Arab Emirates – 25.79
  • Bahrain – 24.51
  • Brunei – 23.7
  • Saudi Arabia – 19.66
  • New Caledonia – 18.2
  • Australia – 16.5
  • Luxembourg – 16.47
  • United States –  16.44
  • Most nations across sub-Saharan Africa, South America and South Asia have per capita emissions below five tonnes per year (many have less than 1-2 tonnes)

– ourworldindata.org

 

  1. Qatar
  2. Curacao
  3. Latvia
  4. Bahrain
  5. United Arab Emirates
  6. Trinidad and Tobago
  7. Malaysia
  8. Saudi Arabia
  9. Guatemala
  10. United States

– telegraph.co.uk

 

Countries That Emit The Least C02 Per Capita

  1. Denmark
  2. Finland
  3. Nigeria
  4. Estonia
  5. South Sudan
  6. Myanmar
  7. Tanzania
  8. Zambia
  9. Netherlands
  10. Togo

– telegraph.co.uk

 

Solutions For Reducing Emissions On The Country Level

In this guide, we list what might be some of the best ways to address climate change and reduce emissions on the country level.

 

Sources

1. https://ourworldindata.org/co2-and-other-greenhouse-gas-emissions

2. https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/global-greenhouse-gas-emissions-data

3. https://www.economicshelp.org/blog/5988/economics/list-of-countries-energy-use-per-capita/

4. https://www.economicshelp.org/blog/6131/economics/list-of-co2-emissions-per-capita/

5. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/maps-and-graphics/mapped-the-countries-that-use-the-most-electricity/

6. https://www.wri.org/blog/2017/04/interactive-chart-explains-worlds-top-10-emitters-and-how-theyve-changed

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