Most Carbon Efficient Countries

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Zeynep Kahraman, TSP team


Carbon efficiency of GDP is a measure of how much economies produce for each ton of carbon dioxide they emit and important to capture ecologically and socially sustainable economic growth.

International data for carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of energy include emissions due to the consumption of petroleum, natural gas, and coal, and also from natural gas flaring. This graph presents the amount of carbon dioxide emissions emitted in particular countries or regions from energy consumption. Carbon dioxide emissions are calculated for each individual fuel, with some refinements that are detailed in EIA’s website, by applying carbon emission coefficients - or million metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted per quadrillion Btu of fuel consumed - to international consumption and flaring data.

Data Source:

US EIA Historical Statistics for 1980-2011

 U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics, Go to EIA database data accessed 5th of August 2014.

GDP by Type of Expenditure at constant (2005) prices and GDP by Purchasing Power Parities at constant (2005) prices:

United Nations Statistics Division for 1980-2011

United Nations Statistics Division, Go to UNdata database, data accessed 7th July 2013.

Context and definitions

International data for carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of energy do not include emissions from geothermal power generation, cement production and other industrial process, or municipal solid waste combustion.

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