How much carbon is emitted per person in my country?

A Typical Person's Emissions Vary By Country

A helpful way to think about global carbon emissions is to break it down to country level and then compare the population size to see how countries compare, on a per capita basis. We also need to take into account both emissions in the country, as well as imported emissions for goods and services that are bought from other countries. 

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How Much Carbon Is Emitted Per Person In My Country?

It varies a lot, even between high consuming, wealthy developed countries. Some of it is down to emissions in everything we buy, use or do, how we get around, where our food comes from to the energy mix in each location. Itโ€™s important to mention that rich western countries have contributed about 80% of all past emissions since humans started burning fossil fuels at scale.

We'll keep updating this with the latest data. For this version, this is the source (based on IEA analysis).

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ A typical person in the USA emits 14 tonnes per year

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง A typical person in the UK emits 5 tonnes per year

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช A typical person in Germany emits 8 tonnes per year

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ A typical person in the EU emits 6 tonnes per year

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ A typical person in Canada emits 15 tonnes per year

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ A typical person in Australia emits 14 tonnes per year

๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต A typical person in Japan emits 8 tonnes per year

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ A typical person in New Zealand emits 7 tonnes per year

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ A typical person in China emits 7 tonnes per year

๐ŸŒŽ A typical person in South America emits 2 tonnes per year

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ A typical person in India emits < 2 tonnes per year

๐ŸŒ A typical person in Africa emits 0.7 tonnes per year


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