Four Charts Explain Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Countries and Sectors

Delivering sustainable economic growth
Posted Mar 22, 2020 | World Resources Institute, Mengpin Ge, Johannes Friedrich

The energy sector is by far the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans, being responsible for 73 percent worldwide. The energy sector includes transportation, electricity and heat, buildings, manufacturing and construction, fugitive emissions and other fuel combustion. In this interactive presentation by the World Resources Institute, Mengpin Ge and Johannes Friedrich set out countries, sectors and activities that collectively consume a major portion of fossil fuels and electricity, and produce a large share of greenhouse gas emissions. The top ten emitters account for over two-thirds of annual global greenhouse gas emissions, most of them having large populations and economies. With over 50 percent of the global population, they generate almost 60 percent of the world’s GDP.


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