Each Country's Share of CO2 Emissions

En español: Las emisiones de dióxido de carbono por país  The world’s countries emit vastly different amounts of heat-trapping  gases into the atmosphere. The table below shows data compiled by the International Energy Agency, which estimates carbon dioxide emissions from the combustion of coal, natural gas, oil and other fuels, including industrial waste and non-renewable municipal waste. 

Here we list the 20 countries that emitted the most carbon dioxide in 2015 (the most recent available data). 

2015 total emissions country rank

Country

2015 total carbon dioxide emissions from fuel combustion (million metric tons)

2015 per capita carbon dioxide emissions from fuel combustion (metric tons)

1

China

9040.74

6.59

2

United States

4997.50

15.53

3

India

2066.01

1.58

4

Russia

1468.99

10.19

5

Japan

1141.58

8.99

6

Germany

729.77

8.93

7

South Korea

585.99

11.58

8

Iran

552.40

6.98

9

Canada

549.23

15.32

10

Saudi Arabia

531.46

16.85

11

Brazil

450.79

2.17

12

Mexico

442.31

3.66

13

Indonesia

441.91

1.72

14

South Africa

427.57

7.77

15

United Kingdom

389.75

5.99

16

Australia

380.93

15.83

17

Italy

330.75

5.45

18

Turkey

317.22

4.10

19

France

290.49

4.37

20

Poland

282.40

7.34

The picture that emerges from these figures is one where—in general—developed countries and major emerging economy nations lead in total carbon dioxide emissions. Developed nations typically have high carbon dioxide emissions per capita, while some developing countries lead in the growth rate of carbon dioxide emissions. Obviously, these uneven contributions to the climate problem are at the core of the challenges the world community faces in finding effective and equitable solutions.

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Last revised date: October 11, 2018

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