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World Carbon Dioxide Emissions per Capita

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If you live in the US you probably “contribute” three times more to climate change than a person in the UK. For example:

  • A person living in the US emits on average 16 tonnes of carbon emissions per year
  • A person living in the UK emits on average 7 tonnes of carbon emissions per year
  • A person living in China emits on average 5 tonnes of carbon emissions per year

Some takeaways:

1️⃣ There are significant variations of emissions per capita in the world.

2️⃣ Despite the strong correlation between standards of living and emissions, there are wide differences between countries with similar standards of living.

3️⃣ The country’s policy and technological preferences explain the difference.

A point for discussion is that these graphs usually reflect produced carbon emissions and not consumed. It means emissions from Goods produced in foreign countries are not accounted into the countries where the goods are consumed. If we could add the consumption perspective, we may see emissions rankings change and develop better programs that cut emissions from both the production and consumption side.

Emission data from Global Carbon Project: https://www.icos-cp.eu/GCP/2019

Population data from World Bank: https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.POP.TOTL

Carlos Sanchez , Climate Change Advisor, LinkedIn, Twitter, Youtube, Blog

 

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