MMTC = million metric tons of carbon
Tons of carbon can be converted to tons of carbon dioxide by multiplying by 3.667.
Carbon dioxide is a major greenhouse gas emitted from the burning of fossil fuels.
The transportation sector surpassed the industrial sectors carbon dioxide emissions for the first time in 1998. Historically, the industrial sector was the largest emitter of carbon dioxide.
Transportation carbon dioxide emissions in the European Union and the United States have been rising since 1990.
|U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions||1998||1999|
|Transportation emissions percent change from previous year||1.69||2.91|
|Industrial emissions percent change from previous year||-2.04||0.36|
|Residential emissions percent change from previous year||0.00||0.35|
|Commercial emissions percent change from previous year||1.24||0.00|
NOTE: The European Union consists of 15 countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States, 1999. Available at: http://www.eia.doe.gov/env/env_pub.html. EU numbers: Personal communication with the European Environment Agency.