Methods for a fair comparisonTo make a meaningful comparison between countries, two points are crucial.
- The comparison must be of emissions per person. Little information is obtained from comparing the total emissions for whole countries since the largest countries have the biggest totals.
- All relevant emissions must be included, including emissions produced in the manufacture of goods that have been imported.
A summary chart and some examples are given below.
Once allowance is made for population size and imports/exports, it is clear that it is wrong to pick out China and India for censure.
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World CO2 emissionsThe total was about 36 billion tonnnes CO2 in 2019 .
UK greenhouse gas emissionsTotal greenhouse gas emissions were around 930 million tonnes CO2-e per year in 2015, including imports/exports and aviation .
China CO2 emissionsEmissions were 10.1 billion tonnes CO2 in 2018 .
USA CO2 emissionsEmissions were 5.42 billion tonnes CO2 in 2018 .
India CO2 emissionsEmissions were 2.65 billion tonnes CO2 in 2018 .
Mozambique CO2 emissionsEmissions were 8.3 million tonnes CO2 in 2018 .
|||https://www.statista.com/statistics/276629/global-co2-emissions/ accessed 27.9.21|
|||Global Carbon Atlas http://www.globalcarbonatlas.org/en/CO2-emissions|
Last updated: 18 May 2023