U.S. CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS

U.S. CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS

U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Energy Use by Sector (annual data)

U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Energy Use by Sector (annual data)

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 (MMTC) 482 496
Transportation emissions percent change from previous year 1.69 2.91
Industrial (MMTC) 480 481
Industrial emissions percent change from previous year -2.04 0.36
Residential (MMTC) 289 290
Residential emissions percent change from previous year 0.00 0.35
Commercial (MMTC) 244 244
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.